||The subject of a series of introspective, admiring poems--almost little Valentines--is Boris, a tough, grey cat who was adopted on a whim. After "it didn't take long for the half-dead mice to start swooning all over the patio," Boris's former name, Hunter, began to make sense. Though worries about hunting eagles and roaming packs of dogs surfaced, Boris proved to be quite resilient, a born survivor. However, while he does get on with the family dogs and even mentors the kitten next door, Boris is also a wild thing, beating up cats, disappearing for days, and ransacking a house down the road. The many moods of Boris are fascinating, and there is a wealth of love for him at home, where he enjoys curling up on a footstool, watching videos of birds.
||Boris is a big gray cat who loves sleeping and playing and exploring and hunting. And his owner loves him for all of his simple cat ways. But Boris, typical as he may be, is part of a much larger story in this moving exploration of love, longing, compassion, and most of all, the continuous give-and-take of true friendship.| Newbery medalist Cynthia Rylant's powerful collection of poems will resonate in the hearts of readers of all ages.