The Three-Legged Cat: 9

Margaret Mahy, Author, Jonathan Allen, Illustrator
Margaret Mahy, Author, Jonathan Allen, Illustrator Viking Children's Books $14.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-670-85015-0
Reviewed on: 05/03/1993
Release date: 05/01/1993
Prebound-Other - 1 pages - 978-0-606-08302-7
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-14-055331-4
Hardcover - 32 pages - 978-0-14-054963-8
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The award-winning author of The Changeover and The Tricksters scores another triumph with this mirthful escapade. As he dozes curled up in his habitual ball, a three-legged cat named Tom dreams of traveling to faraway lands. But to his owner, Mrs. Gimble, a widow who prides herself on her respectability, wanderlust is a dangerous thing. It's bad enough that Tom follows her ``all hobbledy-bobbledy'' around the house--no need for him to take after her brother Danny, a no-goodnik drifter. Mahy's prose is droll and dextrous, filled with winning wordplay; indeed, Danny's ``revolting, molting Russian hat'' plays a pivotal role in the plot. When Danny comes to visit, cat and hat are accidentally switched--to the eventual great satisfaction of all parties. Allen's ( The Great White Man-Eating Shark ) large-scale, cartoony illustrations serve up a deliciously bizarre, out-of-kilter world peopled by flat, pop-eyed characters. Especially canny are the images of the stubble-faced Danny doffing his offending topper to reveal a bald pate, and later donning cat instead of hat as he sets out to see the world. Ages 3-8. (May)
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