Bits & pieces

Judith Byron Schachner

Book - 2013

"Tink is a very old cat with no common sense, but when he escapes outside he realizes how much he really does mean to his family"--

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
New York, New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc [2013]
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN
9780803737884
0803737882
Main Author
Judith Byron Schachner (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Tink is a beloved indoor pet with a brain "the size of a frozen pea." No matter, his family loves him to bits and pieces. Schachner uses charcoal pencil, pan pencil, pastels, watercolor, and cut paper to glorify the antics of this beloved cat in full-bleed spreads and panels. When Tink's peculiar eating habits include devouring a flip-flop, three Chinese lanterns, some dollhouse furniture, and a Slinky, it's off to the kitty clinic for a tummy treatment. Even when his family finds him a new kitten named Little (and he is) to keep him company indoors, Tink still yearns for another outdoor experience. Finally, on his twentieth birthday, the old boy sneaks outside and has some intoxicating adventures in the big wide world. In a vibrant double-page spread, Tink strolls into the night, viewing the moon, the owls, and other nighttime creatures, and then realizes he is lost. All ends well with reassuring smiles between the two cats as they rest on the blue polka-dotted armchair. Fans of Schachner's Skippyjon Jones series should lap this one up. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Life goes on: the tiny kitten that materialized in Schachner's The Grannyman is now full grown—and something of an "odd duck," as the author puts it. Tink isn't the smartest cat ("maybe it was because his brain was the size of a frozen pea"), but he is beloved by his family, even when he tries to eat pool noodles, rubber bands, "and a slinky," as a long list explains. This is clearly a very personal book for Schachner (the back flap displays a picture of her family's cat of 20 years, Tink, with a slinky in his mouth), and the anecdotes feel ripped from oft-repeated family pet stories, whether it's Tink licking a stick of butter left out or the way his body takes on certain slinkylike dimensions when he tries to sneak outdoors. Schachner's warm prose and mixed-media artwork overflow with affection for both Tink and the SkippyJon-lookalike "little friend" who joins the family. But while cat-lovers (especially adult ones) will nod with recognition and appreciation, there's very little in this meandering, episodic story to entice a broader readership. Ages 3–5. (Oct.) [Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 1—Although Tink's brain is "the size of a frozen pea," his family loves their not-so-bright cat to bits. After a goatlike meal of household odds and ends lands him at the vet, their beloved boy gets a taste of the adventure and mystery of the great outdoors. His family gets him a brother for company, but he still longs for life on the outside. He finally sneaks out on his 20th birthday, and a day full of frolicking turns into a night of wandering, and he wakes lost and confused in an old tire. Two quick-thinking neighborhood girls save him from being carted off to a shelter and he is enthusiastically welcomed home. Schachner's smudgy, cheerful illustrations buoy up this story that is occasionally bogged down by an apparent attempt to squeeze the real Tink's long life into a few picture-book pages. Nonetheless, the author's fans and cat lovers will relate to the story of the feline's antics and the satisfying resolution.—Jenna Boles, Greene County Public Library, OH [Page 130]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Tink is a very old cat with no common sense, but when he escapes outside he realizes how much he really does mean to his family"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Tink is a very old cat with no common sense, but when he escapes outside he realizes how much he really does mean to his family.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

New York Times bestseller and fan favorite Judy Schachner presents a warmly affectionate portrait of a family's devotion to their beloved cat.Tink has everything he ever wanted ' delicious treats, hugs and kisses, and even a kitten to raise. The only thing missing is wild outdoor adventure. So when the opportunity arises, Tink sneaks out ' and becomes an outdoor cat for one unforgettable night.Like cozy favorites such as Clare Turlay Newberry's Marshmallow and Mo Willems' City Dog, Country Frog, and with soft, meltingly tender illustrations that match the poignant tale, Judy Schachner proves what a superlative storyteller she is with this loving family story.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

New York Times bestseller and fan favorite Judy Schachner presents a warmly affectionate portrait of a family’s devotion to their beloved cat.Tink has everything he ever wanted – delicious treats, hugs and kisses, and even a kitten to raise. The only thing missing is wild outdoor adventure. So when the opportunity arises, Tink sneaks out – and becomes an outdoor cat for one unforgettable night.Like cozy favorites such as Clare Turlay Newberry's Marshmallow and Mo Willems'City Dog, Country Frog, and with soft, meltingly tender illustrations that match the poignant tale, Judy Schachner proves what a superlative storyteller she is with this loving family story.