Bound To Stay Bound

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 I don't know what to call my cat
 Author: Philip, Simon

 Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2017)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [26] p., col. ill., 27 cm

 BTSB No: 714488 ISBN: 9780544971431
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2

 Pets -- Fiction
 Cats -- Fiction
 Gorillas as pets -- Fiction
 Gorillas -- Fiction
 Personal names -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $6.50

Before a little girl has a chance to name the cat that arrives unexpectedly at her house, he disappears again only to be replaced by another "pet," Steve the gorilla.

 Illustrator: Bailey, Ella

   Kirkus Reviews (03/15/17)
   Booklist (04/01/17)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 04/01/2017 A young girl is surprised and delighted when a cat appears at her doorstep, possessions in tow, and decides to stay. Naming the cat, though, proves a quandary. “Kitty” brings seemingly every kitty around at mealtime; dressing up the cat and trying “Princess High-and-Mighty” doesn’t work, so perhaps “Ethel” or “Betty”—or, after a vet visit reveals the cat’s a boy, “Arnie” or “Rocky,” but nothing seems to stick. “Mr. Maestro” seems to work—the cat starts playing violin—but when she enthusiastically joins in, the resulting din sends the kitty fleeing. She can’t find him anywhere, including the zoo, but she brightens when a friendly gorilla named Steve follows her home, at least for a while. Before long, though, Steve goes back to the zoo, and (somewhat suspiciously) her cat returns, now with an ID collar definitely naming him “Tricky.” Colorful, energetic illustrations pack the pages with patterned, cartoonish elements and droll, scrutiny-inviting details, including Tricky’s covert surveillance endeavors, which extend the story and contrast humorously with the girl’s brief, matter-of-fact descriptions of events. An amusing, entertaining read, particularly for cat-lovers. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.

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