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 Cat on the bus
 Author: Kim, Aram

 Publisher:  Holiday House (2016)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 26 cm.

 BTSB No: 517920 ISBN: 9780823436477
 Ages: 3-6 Grades: K-1

 Cats -- Fiction
 Human-animal relationship -- Fiction

Price: $20.74

Using onomatopoeia, this almost wordless story tells of a homeless cat who finds shelter on a bus where she meets a cat-loving Asian grandfather.

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   Kirkus Reviews (08/01/16)
   School Library Journal (11/01/16)
   Booklist (11/01/16)
 The Hornbook (00/01/17)

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Booklist - 11/01/2016 This book of few words (15) shows how transformative a single act of kindness can be. The cat of the story is a city stray. Readers first see the cat in a wintry landscape, rummaging through a trash can for food, and they hear what the cat hears: clack, clang, clatter. The soundtrack of rejection, in short bursts of words, follows the cat as it seeks food and shelter. The cat passes a grocery store and is met with “Scat, cat!” as a broom sweeps it out. It tries to board a bus, but a grimacing driver screams it away. Finally the cat sneaks onto a bus, climbs onto a seat, and finds a friend in a kindly Asian grandfather. The grandfather takes the kitty home, and a double-page spread reveals the cat and his granddaughter playing together. The pastel illustrations fit the warmly lit world the cat aspires to be a part of and finally reaches. A nice follow-up would be Pamela Laskin’s Homer the Little Stray Cat (2014). - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 11/01/2016 PreS-Gr 1—This simple story invites readers to follow the journey of a homeless cat and its search for food and shelter. This almost wordless picture book takes place in winter as the cat forages for food, looking for warmth and shelter. The short phrases of onomatopoeia connect the story; a large font accents the noise: "CLACK. Clang Rattle Clatter!" The artwork is well constructed, evoking emotion with strong lines, perspective, and visual congruency. As the cat searches for warmth, it spots a bus stop and tries to board the vehicle but is forced out. "Scram, Scoot SHOO!" says the angry bus driver. On another page, the use of a paneled spread reveals the cold of winter and time passing as the dejected animal waits for another bus. At last it arrives, and the kind driver allows the cat aboard: "Whoosh!" A sense of hope is imparted as the cat looks out the window at the many people and pets encountering the hustle and bustle of the holiday. At the next stop, an older gentleman takes a seat next to the feline, and before long they are fast friends. The cat is taken to the man's house, which he shares with his granddaughter. The characters' love for the animal becomes evident as the grandfather wraps his scarf around it. Vignettes display the joy between the cat and the little girl as they play, eat, and even share a story until it is time for bed. Front and back flaps foreshadow a happy ending. VERDICT This beautifully designed visual work is sure to please.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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