I hate my cats (a love story)

Davide Calì, 1972-

Book - 2018

Ginger and Fred, a pair of cats, can be picky, messy, and troublesome, and although they frustrate the author, in the end their presence is comforting--and essential.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
San Francisco, California : Chronicle Books [2018]
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
ISBN
9781452165950
1452165955
Main Author
Davide Calì, 1972- (author)
Other Authors
Anna Pirolli (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

The ultimate ode to cat-lovers, this succinctly captures the endearing relationship between an artist and his two idiosyncratic house cats. Ginger, the "weird one," "plays with peas, purrs at artichokes, and speaks to pigeons." "Fred," on the other hand, "is the lazy one," and "he is friends with the vase, and the side table, but NOT the vacuum cleaner." Like the inquisitive cats themselves, Cali delights in the most mundane and often annoying of feline habits—knocking things over, chasing everything that moves, shedding on the good towels—though he helpfully frames these quirks as necessary acts of play and exploration. Illustrator Pirolli juxtaposes the lively, animated cats against serene, calm, and almost palatial interiors and spares no detail; her attention to light and shadow rings especially true to the cats' keen and curious eyes. Even the most feline averse will recognize this humorous book as a perfect encapsulation of the madness of cats, and those that love (or hate) them. Grades K-3. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2—An ode to the charming quirks that define our feline friends. A slightly weary but bemused human narrator introduces readers to his two cats: Ginger, "the weird one," and Fred, "the lazy one." Orange tabby Ginger exhibits some oddball behaviors: purring at vegetables, chatting with pigeons, and occasionally missing the litter box. Black cat Fred enjoys sleeping on sweaters ("preferably white ones"), napping on the newspaper his human's trying to read, and casually knocking over vases. When the two cats inevitably invade their human's workspace, depicted as an artist's table strewn with paint, brushes, and pens, he yells "Stop it!" and the cats scatter. Feeling sheepish, the man leaves treats in their bowls as a mea culpa. By bedtime, the two furry scamps have forgiven him and make themselves quite comfortable—Fred nearly sitting on the man's head. "Oh, how I hate them!" the man exclaims in the find spread. The softly rounded shapes contrasted with elegant lines set against classic pre-war style décor give the visuals a sophisticated feel. Cali was clearly inspired by real-life pets, while Pirolli expertly captures both the haughty and goofy moods of Fred and Ginger. VERDICT A wry read-aloud that would work well in storytime, especially thematic programs on cats or pets we love (or love to hate), and a must-have for anyone who treasures those oh-so-complicated love-hate relationships.—Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Ginger and Fred, a pair of cats, can be picky, messy, and troublesome, and although they frustrate the author, in the end their presence is comforting--and essential.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Ginger is the weird one. She plays with peas, purrs at artichokes, and has a strange fondness for chicken (but only the neighbor's chicken). Then there's Fred. His greatest talent? Sleeping. Oh, and hiding. And when he's not hiding, he's conspiring with Ginger to destroy the house! Such is life with cats. . . can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em'if you love them, that is. And yet the question remains: Why are these captivating creatures so marvelously maddening?! From internationally bestselling author Davide Cali, this humorous picture book about a cat owner and his beguiling felines celebrates quirky cat companions, impurrfections and all.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Ginger is the weird one. She plays with peas, purrs at artichokes, and has a strange fondness for chicken (but only the neighbor's chicken). Then there's Fred. His greatest talent? Sleeping. Oh, and hiding. And when he's not hiding, he's conspiring with Ginger to destroy the house! Such is life with cats. . . can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em—if you love them, that is. And yet the question remains: Why are these captivating creatures so marvelously maddening?! From internationally bestselling author Davide Cali, this humorous picture book about a cat owner and his beguiling felines celebrates quirky cat companions, impurrfections and all.