Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed
Leslea Newman & Amy June Bates
Candlewick, 2015 (2015)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
nspired by a true story, this picture book shares the story of a kitten that was adopted by composer Moshe Cotel and became the inspiration for some of his music. Although he isn't perhaps a familiar name when it comes to composers (Cotel retired from teaching and composing to become a rabbi), his
claim to fame
, such as it is, rests in his collaboration with Ketzel, his cat.
of the keyboard resulted in an '
exquisite atonal miniature
' written by her owner.
Piece for Piano: Four Paws
was premiered in 1998 by a ten year old pianist. The short piece earned Ketzel a royalty check for $19.72 which was spent on cat food!
eline fans and children who love kitties will find this picture book, with its endearing illustrations of Ketzel, an enjoyable read. Who realized cats were such multifaceted creatures?
Note: Opinions expressed in reviews and articles on this site are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of BookLoons.
Find more Kids books on our
or in our book