Curiosity doesn't kill the cat in this tale, but everything the inquisitive feline investigates is laid to waste. The adventures begin when a black-and-white cat jumps through the kitchen window and dives into the trash, tipping it over. In the closet, Cat brings down a shelf with a loud crack, and when he gets into paint in the artist's studio, things really get wild. When he finally leaps into the artist's arms, however, all is forgiven. Some 26 different verbs describe the cat's movements, infusing the story with plenty of action, and the bright watercolors seem quickly but carefully rendered, supplying ample room for the cat to move. An active, playful font (Zipty Do) is used, and the words are placed at various angles and in a variety of sizes to help convey action. Children will enjoy this manic romp by an endearing scamp, and also appreciate that the cat gets a hug despite the calamity he has caused. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
Curiosity doesn't kill the cat, but it sure annoys a homeowner in this vivacious picture book about a wayward feline. "It was summer, and someone left the window open. Cat jumped in!" begins the adventure. Before long, a bold black-and-white cat is wreaking havoc in the kitchen, the bedroom and eventually the art studio. Each time Cat wraps up his messy antics, "someone" approaches, "Tip-tap, pitter-pat," and calls, "Cat? Out!" But not even "someone" can resist when Cat eventually turns on his furry charm. Weaver's (Opera Cat ) succinct text rings with onomatopoeia and provides a bit of suspense as readers try to infer the identity of "someone" and to guess what Cat will do next. Both author and illustrator demonstrate a fond familiarity for felines in spot-on depictions of cat-like behavior and situations. McCully's (Mirette on the High Wire ) watercolors, often set off by playfully curled or tumbling text on the page, are flashes of color and motion, capturing Cat's trail of innocent yet flamboyant destruction. She keeps the tale's mystery alive by showing "someone" only from below the knee, and by offering other clues in her backgrounds. Ages 4-8. (Nov.) [Page 56]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
PreS-Gr 2— An adventure in which the preternatural curiosity of cats is celebrated with sly wit in both words and pictures. Again and again, Cat finds that his owner has left openings of all kinds accessible to him: a kitchen window, a trash can, a coat closet, a bedroom door, an art studio. Each destination offers the inquisitive feline maximum possibility for messy mischief. The woman of the house follows behind Cat, chasing his trail of garbage, coat scarves, dressing-table detritus, and smeared paint. The text is patterned and repetitive, containing many action and onomatopoeic words to delight teachers. It also offers opportunities for crowd-pleasing participatory reading aloud at storytime. McCully's loose-lined, energetic watercolor illustrations are well suited to the wayward protagonist and his fractious escapades. Cat's body is a blur of movement, and his face a study in startled surprise. At the chase's pleasant conclusion, the woman catches Cat, who, this time, jumps into her arms. After all, his paint-spattered footprints are in the shape of a heart. Pair this tale with one about another inquisitive feline, Kevin Henkes's Kitten's First Full Moon (HarperCollins, 2004).—Kate McClelland, Perrot Memorial Library, Old Greenwich, CT [Page 102]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
An inquisitive feline walks through the rooms of a house, jumping into one mess after another, before landing in the loving arms of its owner.Review by Publisher Summary 2
When a cat jumps through an open kitchen window, havoc is wreaked on the quiet, tidy house as the frisky feline leaps, jumps, and spins wildly at every twist and turn, in a fun-filled tale from the author of Opera Cat.Review by Publisher Summary 3
When someone leaves the kitchen window open, Cat jumps in! So begins the tale of an outdoor cat who finds his way into a tidy house, wreaking havoc at every turn. That is, until he finds his way in once more--this time into someone's heart. Beautiful, bright watercolors from Caldecott-winning illustrator Emily Arnold McCully nearly spring off the page, buoyed by a playful text that highlights simple prepositions. Preschoolers will delight in Cat's unintended disasters and mess, and the heartwarming story, the product of a pairing of exceptional author and illustrator talents, will charm cat people of any age.Review by Publisher Summary 4
When someone leaves the kitchen window open, Cat jumps in! So begins the tale of an outdoor cat who finds his way into a tidy house, wreaking havoc at every turn. That is, until he finds his way in once more--this time into someone's heart. Beautiful, bright watercolors from Caldecott-winning illustrator Emily Arnold McCully nearly spring off the page, buoyed by a playful text that highlights simple prepositions. Preschoolers will delight in Cat's unintended disasters and mess, and the heartwarming story, the product of a pairing of exceptional author and illustrator talents, will charm cat people of any age.