|Cat who came in off the roof|
Author: Schmidt, Annie M. G.
Minou, formerly a cat but now a woman with many cattish ways, helps Tibbs, a newspaper reporter, with information she gets from her many feline friends.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 3.90
Points: 5.0 Quiz: 180044
Kirkus Reviews (+) (10/01/15)
School Library Journal (10/01/15)
The Hornbook (00/01/16)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/01/2015 Gr 3–6—Shy newspaper reporter Mr. Tibble is in trouble with his editor because all of his articles are about cats. His editor demands that he cease writing about cats and instead write about local news. Luckily, soon after a real scoop lands in his lap when a young woman, frightened by a German shepherd, scampers up a tree in need of rescue. She is Miss Minou, a ginger cat who transformed into a human with catlike ways when she ate something unusual. Miss Minou understands feline language and helps Tibble find news stories by talking to the neighborhood cats who know everything that's going on in town. The cats even uncover the plans of evil Mr. Ellmore, who almost gets away with a crime as a hit-and-run driver. Miss Minou's sister, an identical ginger cat, wants Minou to return home. Will Minou return to feline life, or has she become too humanized to go back to her old haunts? Schmidt has written a fanciful tale that shows how people can change by forming close relationships—of both the feline and human variety. Both Tibble and Minou become less fearful and more trusting by forcing themselves to take part in community life. The cats in the story are as well drawn as the town's citizens. Readers will come away with the knowledge that caring for someone (or some cat) can make one a better, stronger, more empathetic person. VERDICT Offer this charming tale to children who enjoy animal adventure and friendships stories.—Lillian Hecker, Town of Pelham Public Library, NY - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 12/15/2015 In this delightful fantasy, Tibble, a shy newspaper reporter, is about to lose his first job for submitting articles about cats—and nothing else. Then in from Tibble’s roof leaps Minou, a charming ginger-haired young lady whose oddly “cattish” habits—purring, rubbing her head on the fish-seller’s arm, and pouncing on mice—make sense when readers discover that, until recently, she was a cat. Through Minou’s vast network of feline friends all over town, she is able to feed Tibble a steady stream of news tidbits that save his job and boost his position at the paper, until the cats uncover some scandalous facts about the head of the animal welfare association. Will Tibble lose his job for reporting the truth? Will Minou ever turn back into a cat? The book will have young readers suspending disbelief and flipping pages to get to the end. Finely translated by Colmer, this Dutch import is considered something of a children’s classic in Holland, and it’s easy to see why. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.