The Upstairs Cat1998 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Karla Kuskin
Illustrator: Howard Fine
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin /Clarion Books
Hardcover Price: $15.00
Review:This appealing verse story about an upstairs cat and a downstairs cat concerns their unending war “that neither is winning.” One cat is “older and meaner,” the other “younger and leaner,” and they fight whenever their paths cross, usually in the middle of the stairs. This battle continues week after week, year after year, until the fed-up author declares that “nothing is dumber than war. Is that clear?” It most certainly is, and the deceptively simple text may lead to interesting family or schoolroom discussions. Despite its earnest message, the book is fun, both to look at and hear.
Selma G. Lanes ©1998 Parents' Choice
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