Monday, February 19, 2007

Picture Book: Mr. Pusskins

This delightfully sour faced cat is Mr. Pusskins, a pet who has absolutely no appreciation for his loving owner. Emily adores Mr. Pusskins, but he barely tolerates her thoughtful brushing, praise and bedtime stories. In fact, he becomes so bored with her constant "Blah-de-blah blah blah" that he nips out the cat door one night, and does lots of naughty cat things on his own.
At the end of the night, however, Mr. Pusskins finds himself alone and cold, missing Emily dreadfully. He comes across a missing cat poster with his own face on it, and dials up Emily, meowing piteously into the phone. Of course, Emily comes and scoops him up, and he realizes how lucky he is and reforms.
The text is just a little bit saccharine, but the absolutely hysterical illustrations more than make up for this. It was a shame that Mr. Pusskins had to reform so absolutely, but kids will appreciate the message that sometimes you don't realize how lucky you are until you lose something. Older readers might prefer another bad cat in Rotten Ralph, a very easy First Fiction book about a cat who never does reform.
Picture Book
Ages 3-7
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