Review by Booklist Review
Ages 4-8. A Danish folktale about a greedy cat is retold in this striking picture book. Cat and Mouse are friends, but Cat has a voracious appetite, especially for anyone who dares to call him fat. After swallowing a washerwoman, a king and his elephant, and a company of soldiers, he swallows Mouse. By cutting a hole in cat's belly, Mouse cleverly rescues the group. The book's huge, bright illustrations are glorious. As the cat grows fatter, he takes up larger and larger portions of the double-page spreads until only his bright orange mouth and pink tongue are visible. The large, funny illustrations will carry well for a bigger crowd and, combined with refrain that invites chanting along, make this a surefire hit for reading aloud. --Helen Rosenberg
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Review by School Library Journal Review
K-Gr 4-MacDonald uses short, rhythmic sentences and repeated refrains to keep this tale of a greedy cat that lives with a mouse flowing. One day, he eats 35 pies. Then with a "slip slop, sluuurp," he proceeds to eat a wash lady and her laundry, some soldiers and their swords, the king and his elephant, and, finally, the mouse and her sewing supplies. Of course, Mouse cuts her way out and the others follow. After that, Cat eats more sparingly and others treat him with respect. Paschkis's folklike artwork has an open, uncluttered look. Individual objects curve along and around the pages on white backgrounds, lending focus to the feline as he becomes progressively larger after devouring each new morsel. One exception to this pattern is the spread that shows everything in the cat's stomach, all on a black background. It's dark in there! A page of notes explains the source of this story. Pair it with Jack Kent's The Fat Cat (Scholastic, 1971), a more humorous version, to show how different illustrated retellings can be.-Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review by Horn Book Review
The cat in this tale eats everything in sight: thirty-five pies, a washerwoman, a company of soldiers, a king riding on his elephant, and even his friend Mouse. It is Mouse with her sewing kit who opens up CatÆs stomach, lets everyone out, and sews him back up again. The paintings with their folkloric touches contain funny details, and documentation about the folktale is provided. From HORN BOOK Spring 2002, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
Bright-color folk illustrations add zest and bounce to this tale told in many countries. Mouse, who lives with cat, is always busy cooking or sewing. This day, she makes 35 pies and the cat swallows them up, declaring, "I may be FAT, but I'm still a HUNGRY CAT!" Out the door he goes, saying, "Oh, I'm meow, meow FAT! 'Cause I'm a HUNGRY, HUNGRY CAT!" He meets in succession a washerwoman with her washtub, a company of soldiers brandishing swords, and a King on an elephant. Each of them exclaims "My, CAT! You sure are FAT!" to which the cat replies, "I may be FAT but I'm still a HUNGRY CAT!" and SLIP SLOP SLUURP! Cat swallows them down. "BURP!" When he arrives home, he eats his friend, the mouse, who happens to be sewing. She snips her way to freedom and orders, "Everybody OUT!" Because they are friends, she spends the day sewing up Cat's tummy. "Oh, I'm meow meow FLAT! 'Cause I'm an EMPTY EMPTY CAT!" says the cat. The tale ends: "And now, whenever folks meet Cat they are careful to speak with respect." The story will be a favorite read aloud and simply demands that listeners shout along. Plenty of white space sets off the pictures and heightens the art. There are, indeed, 35 pies depicted on a double page spread and the green-vested golden cat becomes satisfyingly huge as he swallows each person with their accoutrements. As expected from this scholarly storyteller (The Storyteller's Sourcebook, etc.) there is a note identifying the motif of the tale and citing other variants. (Folktale. 4-7)
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