I don't want a cool cat!

Emma Dodd, 1969-

Book - 2010

In her search to find the ultimate kitty companion, one little girl discovers that a perfect pet is hard to find. Along the way, she meets a zany mix of cats with a range of personalities, but none of them seem quite right for her. Will she ever find a feline friend to call her very own?

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Little, Brown and Company 2010.
Edition
1st US ed
Language
English
Item Description
Originally published: London : Hachette Children's Books, 2009.
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill. ; 29 cm
ISBN
9780316036740
0316036749
Main Author
Emma Dodd, 1969- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* When it comes to cats, the little girl with a Buster Brown haircut knows what she does not want: "A stuffy cat. A huffy, over-fluffy cat." Nor a greedy please-feed-me cat, and certainly not a cool cat. One look at the disdainful Siamese in the illustration, and you know just what the girl means. There's the thinnest layer of actual story here, but the true-to-life hilarity of the text commands attention, especially when mixed with such smart art. With a combination of paint and collage, the images have a three-dimensional feel as they sit on their smooth, candy-colored backgrounds. The girl and her potential felines are drawn using simple shapes, but the bold spreads, with their big images and play on perspective, are truly dramatic. Combine the art with the pithy text, and you've got a book that's perfect to read aloud to groups. Not that individuals won't like it, too. Who can resist the kitten, the "glad-when-I-come-home cat" that finally wins the day? Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

The sure-minded heroine from I Don't Want a Posh Dog! returns, this time in a search for the perfect feline companion. Cats may be more likely than dogs to irritate their juvenile owners, and Dodd's catalog of feline faults will parallel the cat peeves of many children. "I don't want a cool cat./ A treat-me-like-a-fool cat," the narrator, who sports a pink A-line dress, white socks, Mary Janes and a chin-length bob, declares. Dodd uses big, graphic shapes and bold outlines with patchwork collage elements to show a haughty Siamese cat stretched out full-length on a tufted couch, while the girl sits in the only space that's left--the cat's bed. On another spread, a ridiculous blimp of a calico cat squeezes through a pet door as the girl stands ready with a can opener and a dish of food: "I don't want a greedy cat,/ A ‘Meow, meow, please feed me' cat." When on the final page the girl ends up with a loveable little kitten ("Not a scratch or scrap cat./ A curl-up-in-my-lap cat"), readers will rejoice with her. Simple, unalloyed cat fun. Ages 3–6. (Aug.) [Page ]. Copyright 2010 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—Cats may have a reputation for being finicky, but there's not a feline in this book that's as fussy as the little girl telling the story, a companion to I Don't Want a Posh Dog! (Little, Brown, 2009). In fluid rhyming text she turns down a cool cat, a stuffy cat, a greedy cat, and a prize cat. The cat she wants has one important feature—it's a cat she can call her own. Pedigree and distinction cannot measure up to affection, and the one she chooses is just what anyone would want. There is no shortage of charm or humor in this book, exhibited by the artwork. Dodd uses solid colors and heavy outlines to distinguish figures against pastel-colored pages devoid of all background. The illustrations are all on spreads that make full use of the oversize space, even when they hardly take up any of it, as in the case of the "slinky, dinky, twinky cat," whose inability to fill a page personifies its inability to meet the girl's desires. Playful and jubilant, this book for cat connoisseurs will work well as a read-a-loud and for emerging readers who like to have fun with sounds and words.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA [Page 58]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A follow-up to I Don't Want a Posh Dog! imparts the frustrations of a little girl who struggles to find a pet kitty that is just right for her, a search marked by a zany mix of feline candidates that each possess distinct personalities.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A girl describes in rhyming text the types of catss she does not want, and finally arrives at a cat that she can call her own.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A girl describes in rhyming text the types of cats she does not want, and finally arrives at a cat that she can call her own.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

In this hilarious, heartfelt picture book, one little girl discovers just how difficult it can be to find the perfect pet. Along the way, she meets a zany mix of cats with distinct personalities, but none of them are right for her! After a comical cat chase, she finally finds a special one to call her very own. In this follow-up to I Don't Want a Posh Dog!, Emma Dodd reminds readers that, while there are many different kinds of pets to choose from, everyone of us can find a loveable four-legged friend to share our hearts and hugs with. With whimsical illustrations and playful rhyming text, I Don't Want a Cool Cat! demonstrates the bond people share with their favorite feline friends--the perfect read-aloud for cat lovers and their little ones.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

In this hilarious, heartfelt picture book, one little girl discovers just how difficult it can be to find the perfect pet. Along the way, she meets a zany mix of cats with distinct personalities, but none of them are right for her! After a comical cat chase, she finally finds a special one to call her very own. In this follow-up to I Don't Want a Posh Dog!, Emma Dodd reminds readers that, while there are many different kinds of pets to choose from, everyone of us can find a loveable four-legged friend to share our hearts and hugs with. With whimsical illustrations and playful rhyming text, I Don't Want a Cool Cat! demonstrates the bond people share with their favorite feline friends--the perfect read-aloud for cat lovers and their little ones.