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Scrawny Cat by Phyllis Root

Scrawny Cat

by Phyllis Root

Other authors: Alison Friend (Illustrator)

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29 months - we always enjoy a good cat story and this one starts out sad and ends with two lonesome strangers finding each other. Beautiful illustrations as well. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
Solid story, good illustrations. ( )
  MelissaZD | Dec 31, 2013 |
Effective use of rule of three. Varied sentence length. Good book. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
Hungry, cold, and in desperate need of a friend, Scrawny Cat - who once belonged to someone who fed him, held him, and let him lick her chin - wanders through his small seaside village, shouted at by the shopkeepers, and chased by dogs. Finally, exhausted and alone, he takes shelter in a small dinghy during a rain storm, and awakens to find himself adrift. When he comes ashore again, he finds himself on a small island, and encounters a woman who seems friendly. But can he trust her...?

This tale of a little lost kitty who knew that "Get Out of Here!" wasn't his name, even though that was all that people ever called him, had me in hopeless sniffles this morning on my train-ride, as I was reading it. I'm a sucker for this kind of story - abandoned or lost animal finds a family and a home - in general, and Phyllis Root's narrative here is particularly well done. When combined with Alison Friend's expressive gouache artwork, it was very poignant indeed. Recommended to all young cat lovers, particularly those who appreciate rather melancholy stories with happy endings. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 14, 2013 |
Only a cold-blooded, heartless being would not be moved by this heartwarming story. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763641642, Hardcover)

A lonely cat, a rainy night, and an empty dinghy launch a heartwarming, seafaring tale about finding home in unlikely places.

The scrawny cat used to belong to someone, someone who scratched his ears and let him lick her chin and knew his name. Now the only thing anyone ever calls him is "get out of here!" But when a snarling dog and a blowing rain turn the scrawny cat into a sailor cat, he learns that even a scared and shivery stray can find a kindred soul at the end of a storm-tossed night. Phyllis Root's lyrical narrative joins with charming illustrations by Alison Friend in a classic, comforting tale about a lost creature that cat lovers (and story hounds) will cozy up to.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:43 -0400)

A lost, lonely, and scrawny cat, hungry and afraid, unexpectedly meets someone who takes him in and loves him.

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