It's All About Me-ow

illus. by author. 32p. CIP. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. Sept. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-399-25403-1. LC 2011050240.
RedReviewStarK-Gr 3—Buddy, an older cat, welcomes three newly weaned kittens into his abode and begins to teach them the ins and outs of managing the humans in the household. He is prepared with charts and diagrams that compare cats to humans (Us: nose/ cute and powerful, Them: nose/big but feeble), a "catwalk through history," and a little lecture on the value of "purr therapy" for the modern family. He also gives instruction in "catitude," including proper tail positioning and what to do if humans forget that you are the center of their world. Anyone who has ever been owned by a cat will connect with all the behaviors described and enjoy recognizing their own pets as they laugh at Buddy's antics. The watercolor, colored-pencil, and ink illustrations are crisp and lively and add to the humor of the situations described. The book is better suited for independent reading than group sharing because of the small details and numerous asides. Buddy's instruction will be enjoyed by most cat/animal lovers.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
In this how-to guide for cats, Buddy, an older and wiser tabby, shares his knowledge of cat history, owner manipulation, and cat dos and don’ts with a new generation of kittens. Though the narrative isn't plot driven, it's humorous and will appeal to young cat owners. Talbott's watercolors embody silly cat antics, filling the pages with the elder cat's tips and tricks, lively diagrams, and the wonders of being a cat.

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