I Want a Cat

Tony Ross, Author
Tony Ross, Author Farrar Straus Giroux $13 (26p) ISBN 978-0-374-33621-9
Reviewed on: 04/01/1989
Release date: 04/01/1989
Jessy's parents refuse to get her a cat, so she hits on a bright idea: she'll make herself a cat suit, wear it everywhere, and raise hell (as only a cat could) until her request is granted. `` `I'm going to be the cat in this house,' she purred.'' Accordingly, Jessy goes to school in her cat suit (and is chased by a dog); she perches on top of the blackboard in class, and cannot be coaxed down (not even by a saucer of milk); at a restaurant, she climbs under the table to dine on her fish; and is finally reduced to pleading her case by howling late at night in the backyard. Neighbors and parents object, and a kitten is quickly provided, but Jessy's taste of success spurs her on to demand a dog. The strength of the story lies in Ross's color illustrations, full of wind, light, shadow, movement and whimsy. Ages 3-up. (Apr.)
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