Friday, September 22, 2006

My Cat, the Silliest Cat in the World

My Cat, the Silliest Cat in the World
Written and Illustrated by Gilles Bachelet
Abrams Books for Young Readers
Translation edition (March 1, 2006)
ISBN: 081094913X


Cats are so silly. They nap in the dryer, on the TV or atop a desk full of work papers. They can destroy an entire house chasing a ball of yarn. And they shower in the toilet. Well, at least Gilles Bachelet’s cat does. But then, his cat also has enormous ears, a long gray trunk and weighs several tons. Some might mistake his cat for an elephant, but that would be absurd. It would also be the makings of a fantastic picture book.

Bachelet's minimal text wryly describes his perfectly normal cat, but his beautifully detailed water color illustrations paint a much different picture. Kids will crack up at the sight of an elephant bathing himself and using the litter box. Adults will love the references to famous paintings by artists like Picasso, Míro, and Magritte. Simple, smart and funny. This book can be enjoyed over and over. This is an English translation of French book published in 2004 and are we ever glad it jumped the pond!


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