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Book Title: Mrs. McTats and Her Houseful of Cats|
The author of the book: Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Date of issue: May 1st 2004
ISBN 13: 9780689869914
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.11 MB
Read full description of the books Mrs. McTats and Her Houseful of Cats:I just adored this book. Perhaps it wasn’t “amazing” but I really, really liked it and I’m giving it the full 5 stars.
It works as an alphabet book because Mr. McTats’s first cat is named Abner, and as more cats adopt the household, she gives them names that start with B, C, D, and so on, going all the way through the alphabet. The cats’ names end with Yodel, but there is one more surprise creature looking for a home, so all 26 letters of the alphabet are covered.
The illustrations are utterly charming, cozy and colorful. I really like the muted watercolor look and the details in all the pictures. The cottage, community, animals, and Mrs. McTats look warm and welcoming, as befitting the story. The only aspect of the illustrations I didn’t like is that some of the cats look less than appealing; Izzy looks particularly strange to me.
The story rhyme is funny, and Mrs. McTats is so good hearted and welcoming, though I know more than one cat lover who will wince in self-recognition as the household cats multiply.
The story and illustrations work together wonderfully and make for a very enjoyable reading (or listening and viewing) experience.
Thanks to my Goodreads friend Joey for alerting me to this gem of a book.
EDITED TO ADD: I love how both Abner and Zoom go with Mrs. McTats to the market on the final page. And, I'm not sure I'm wild about any of the illustrations of the cats, but taken all together, I like how they look.
Read information about the authorAlyssa Satin Capucilli was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1957. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, and pursued her interest in dance, becoming a professional dancer and dance instructor. Though Capucilli had written stories, poems, and even puppet shows as a child, she didn't consider a career as a writer until after her own two children were born. To this day she sees herself as both a dancer and a writer, and the two professions complement each other nicely: dancing is, in her words, “telling stories in another way,” and readers of her children's books can attest to the rhythm of her language. Since 1994, she has written more than 15 books for children, and her work has been translated into French, Hebrew, Afrikaans, Greek, and Bulgarian.
Capucilli lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, with her husband and children. They have a chocolate Labrador retriever named Huckleberry, who likes to watch the author at work.
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