The bookstore cat

Cylin Busby

Book - 2020

"The bookstore cat is an adorable... bossy... cuddly cat. He is everything from intelligent and loyal to naughty and vocal! But most of all, the bookstore cat is a well-loved (and well-read) kitty. Follow his funny antics from A to Z through a day in his bustling, book-filled shop. The Bookstore Cat is based on a Victorian parlor game, The Minister's Cat, in which players try to think of adjectives to describe the cat in alphabetical order. Readers can extend the fun of the book by pla...ying their own version of the game."--

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Subjects
Genres
Alphabet books
Picture books
Published
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers [2020]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
ISBN
9780062894342
006289434X
Main Author
Cylin Busby (author)
Other Authors
Charles Santoso (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Inspired by a Victorian parlor game in which players take turns describing a cat, using successive adjectives in alphabetical order, Busby puts this premise on the page, with each spread containing one adjectival line that literally highlights the descriptor's starting letter. The focus here is on the titular bookstore cat, who readers will learn is by turns bossy, intelligent, jealous, loyal, naughty, regal, xenopus-chasing, and so on. There is no overarching narrative, but each page adds to the characterization of the round-faced orange tabby, who exhibits attitudes and behaviors any cat owner will recognize. Santoso injects humor through subtle anthropomorphic touches, like sarcastic eye rolls (when a customer buys a book about dogs) and deadpan expressions (when a group of children fawn over him). The tidy digital illustrations have an appealingly grainy texture, as if hand-colored with pencil or fine crayon, and the bright colors bring to life an incredibly homey bookstore, in addition to an irresistible feline friend. A real treat for the legion of readers with intersecting loves of books and cats. Preschool-Kindergarten. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1—This sweet alphabet book is based on an old parlor game. There is a cat in the bookstore, and each page uses an adjective to describe him, from adorable and bossy to quick, regal, and sleepy. X is a challenge but won't take away from a young child's appreciation of the title. Santoso's digital illustrations most resemble pencil, and capture the bookstore cat's many personalities well. The best part of the book is its potential for teaching and learning; the less concrete descriptors open the way for vocabulary-building, and once the author has shown them how to play the game, most readers will want to come up with their own alphabets. VERDICT After the first read, this title can take on a life of its own. A nice addition to the canon of alphabet books, and recommended for larger collections.—Lisa Lehmuller, Paul Cuffee Maritime Charter Sch., Providence Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"The bookstore cat is an adorable... bossy... cuddly cat. He is everything from intelligent and loyal to naughty and vocal! But most of all, the bookstore cat is a well-loved (and well-read) kitty. Follow his funny antics from A to Z through a day in hisbustling, book-filled shop. The Bookstore Cat is based on a Victorian parlor game, The Minister's Cat, in which players try to think of adjectives to describe the cat in alphabetical order. Readers can extend the fun of the book by playing their own version of the game."--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A whimsical early primer features an irrepressible pudgy bookstore feline whose hilarious antics and irresistible characteristics are paired with the letters of the alphabet, revealing how he is just as Adorable and Bossy as he is Gorgeous and Humble. 35,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Describes an adorable, bossy, cuddly cat who lives in a bookstore, in a book where every adjective begins with a different letter of the alphabet.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

An irresistible and engaging picture book perfect for story time, and for cat and bookstore lovers alike! The bookstore cat is an adorable . . . bossy . . . cuddly cat. He is everything from intelligent and loyal to naughty and vocal! But most of all, the bookstore cat is a well-loved (and well-read) kitty. Follow his funny antics from A to Z through a day in his bustling, book-filled shop. The Bookstore Cat is based on a Victorian parlor game, The Minister’s Cat, in which players try to think of adjectives to describe the cat in alphabetical order. Readers can extend the fun of the book by playing their own version of the game.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

An irresistible and engaging picture book perfect for story time, and for cat and bookstore lovers alike! The bookstore cat is an adorable . . . bossy . . . cuddly cat. He is everything from intelligent and loyal to naughty and vocal! But most of all, the bookstore cat is a well-loved (and well-read) kitty. Follow his funny antics from A to Z through a day in his bustling, book-filled shop. The Bookstore Cat is based on a Victorian parlor game, The Minister's Cat, in which players try to think of adjectives to describe the cat in alphabetical order. Readers can extend the fun of the book by playing their own version of the game.