Ottoline and the Yellow Cat

Ottoline and the Yellow Cat

by Chris Riddell

Macmillan, 2007

171 pp.

Age: 6+

Reading Level: 8+

Interests: mysteries, adventure, travel, strong heroines, fashion, clever plans and maps

Next: Ottoline At Sea, Ottoline Goes to School

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Smoky Night

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1995

Smoky Night

Eve Bunting, text

David Diaz, illustrations

Harcourt, 1994

32 pp.

Age: 6+

Interests: city life, crime, racial tension, violence, community, single parent family, cats

Also by this author: Fly Away Home, Coffin on a Case!, The Memory String, How Many Days to America?, Night Tree, S.O.S Titanic

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Sam, Bangs & Moonshine

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1967

Sam, Bangs & Moonshine

by Evaline Ness

Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1966

36 pp.

Age: 5+

Interests: cats, imagination, tall tales, storms, ocean, storms, pets, single parent

Other books illustrated by Evaline Ness: All in the Morning Early, A Pocketful of Cricket, Tom Tit Tot

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Stanley’s Little Sister

BLUE SPRUCE nominee 2012

Stanley’s Little Sister

written by Linda Bailey

illustrated by Bill Slavin

Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2010

30 pp.

Ages: 3 +

Interests: dogs, cats, pets

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Mrs. Cockle’s Cat

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1961

Mrs. Cockle’s Cat

Philippa Pearce, author

Antony Maitland, illustrator

London: Constable and Co., 1961

30 pp.

Ages: 4 +

Interests: cats, flying, balloons, London, ocean, boats

Also by this author: Tom’s Midnight Garden

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Stuart Little (1999)


Stuart Little (1999)

Rated: Rated PG for brief language

Length:  84 min.

Age: 5 and up.    Commonsense Media sez: 6 +

Scary Factor: Stuart in the washing machine as water is filling up; chased by cat several times; two major chases from alley cats in park

Intense: concept of getting mafia-like cats to rub him out (“scratch him out”); police station conversation about killing sprees and grisly crime photos; alley cats menace a lot but don’t get very close; alley cats dispatched in end by dumping them in pond (aren’t hurt, are seen climbing out and running off)

Bad Behaviour: George pushes another boy down, fists flying, etc. and doesn’t get in any trouble for it (the impression we’re left with is that it’s all right because the other boy was so unpleasant)

Language: swearing! “damn”s, “hell”; presumably included for sole purpose of winning a PG rating; also rude language, “shut up”, “moron”, “loser”, “speak to the butt”

Interests: mice, cats, New York, adoption, family

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Millions of Cats

Millions of Cats

by Wanda Gág

New York: Coward-McCann, 1928

30 pp.

Age: 3+

Interests: folktales, cats

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Kitten’s First Full Moon

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 2005

Kitten’s First Full Moon

Kevin Henkes, author and illustrator

New York: Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, 2004

29 pp

infant +

interests: animals, cats, moon

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