for Cats Are Cats
by Valeri Gorbachev
When Miss Bell gets an orange, tiger-striped kitten, she names him Tiger. She feeds him. She plays with him. They watch TV together. And Tiger “grew and grew and grew.” It turns out Tiger is a tiger, making it a tight squeeze when they’re sitting together on the couch or when he jumps up on the dresser. He roars very loudly, and he makes quite a mess. “But he was still very cute, and Miss Bell still loved her Tiger.” The visual humor (Miss Bell is occasionally annoyed but overall unfazed by Tiger’s tiger-ness, unlike everyone they encounter) is a delight in a picture book that carries the humor merrily along through the final pages, when Miss Bell and Tiger visit the pet store and purchase some fish for Tiger to watch. “One of the fish grew and grew and grew.” Yes, that is a shark in Miss Bell’s bathtub. “But she was still very cute.” (Ages 3–7)
CCBC Choices 2015. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2015. Used with permission.
One day Miss Bell bought a tiny kitten. He had stripes like a tiger, a tail like a tiger, and a smile like a tiger. So Miss Bell named him Tiger. Sure enough, he grew into a huge tiger, and took over the whole house, but Miss Bell loved him just the same. "Cats are cats," she said cheerfully.
Publisher description retrieved from Google Books.