Little, Brown & Co., 2003 (2003)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
t first I thought this was going to be a tale of a
type cat, but it's not quite. The small spunky feline is a
- whatever he does gets him into trouble, but it's never intended and it usually has an unexpectedly good outcome. This small black, bow-tied cat has a Chesshire grin and lives '
in a huge, dirty city
' that he calls '
the Big Stinky.
' The illustrations are childlike but edgy and full of the fascinating sort of detail that I've always enjoyed exploring in picture books with my own children.
e watch as
wanders the city, stumbling into one situation after another - he paints a wall, sprays water, picks flowers, drops a banana peel, bounces on a bed ... and always sings songs. People yell '
Hey, you, bad cat! Don't you do that!
' and only realize after he's long gone that '
Bad Cat, Bad Cat, you're not as bad as all that!
is a loner and a bit of a rebel (and I'm sure he's attention deficit) but he's also a catalyst who makes good things happen as he jumps from one misadventure into another.
ids often feel misunderstood by those around them but unable to articulate what really happened - they'll find it very easy to identify with
's antics and sheer exuberance ... and it's really true; he's not as bad as all that!
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