Cats Are Cats

by Valeri Gorbachev

When Miss Bell gets an orange, tiger-striped kitten, she names him Tiger. She feeds... read more

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)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2015

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