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Frida the wondercat
Everitt, Betsy.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, [1990]

Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Louise and her cat, Frida, find on their doorstep a magical collar which changes their lives.
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PIC.BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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All is well for Louise and her cat, Frida, until Louise finds a ruffled collar on her doorstep that, once on, turns ordinary Frida into a piano-playing wondercat. "The zany goings-on are wonderfully depicted in the two-dimensional illustrations, drawn with deceptive naiveté and carefully controlled by the skillful use of color, composition, and line."-- The Horn Book

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3 --A mysterious package delivered to the door yields a ruffled collar that's just the right fit for Frida the cat. It provokes in her a string of strange behaviors, from playing the piano to driving a bus, and soon she's the talk of the town. But enough's enough; in her fame, Frida misses her person, Louise, so the two conspire to reclaim their old calm life by leaving the collar in a parcel at Simon's house next door. In the pictures, flattened, skewed perspectives and odd postures in the figures represent a peculiar energy in keeping with the story, compounded by texture and whitened luminescence of the opaque gouache. A consistent border keeps things under control. While the pictures are exuberant, the text seems forced. Van Allsburg's Jumanji (Houghton, 1981) gives a more intelligent rendering of the idea of an unexpected transforming gift that goes out of control and is passed on to the next unsuspecting receiver. --Karen Litton, London Public Libraries, Ontario, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.