Hi, Cat!

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Ann Marie Sammataro, Common Sense Media
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Comic, engaging portrayal of persistent feline.

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Parents need to know that vibrantly colored collages augment the text, reflecting the lighthearted tone of the tale. The comical portrayal of the persistent feline keeps readers engaged.

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What's the story?

"... and all I said was, 'Hi, cat,' said Archie." The curious feline follows Archie and disrupts an impromptu sidewalk performance by two boys and a dog. Ezra Jack Keats's uproarious illustrations capture the legendary inquisitiveness of cats in this exuberant and very funny tale.


Is it any good?

Much of the action is effectively played out in the pictures here; words are not necessary to explain the inevitable reaction when Willie and the cat spot each other. An eloquent series of wordless illustrations perfectly convey that still moment of awareness and, a mere split second later, the leap into action.

Liberal touches of humor keep readers rolling with laughter. Young children enjoyed searching for the curious cat, which is subtly included in the backgrounds of many of the innovative collage illustrations. Head cocked and ears aloft, Ezra Keats' little black cat is the epitome of feline curiosity.

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  • Families can talk about the cat's persistence. Does the cat mean to be troublesome, or is it merely curious?

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