The Best Cat in the World (Paperback)
|" Who's the best cat in the world? I asked him after Mom turned off the light. Charlie purred a rumbling reply."|
But even the best cat in the world doesn't live forever, and the young narrator of this touching story struggles to deal with the loss of his beloved cat Charlie. His mother suggests getting a new cat, and after some hesitation, Vincent agrees. But the new cat, Shelley, is very different from Charlie. She doesn't look like Charlie, she doesn't like the same things Charlie did, and she doesn't do the things Charlie always did. But despite all these differences, is it possible that Shelley might, in her own way, also be the best cat in the world?
LeslC)a Newman's gentle story honors the full range of a child's feelings when dealing with the loss of a favorite pet. Ronald Himler's soft watercolor and pencil illustrations capture the poignant emotions of the young boy as well as the playful antics of his new kitten.
From the Publisher:
A young boy deals with the loss of his beloved cat Charlie, eventually accepting the arrival of another, very different cat.
A boy named Victor must cope with the death of his beloved cat, Charlie--the "best cat in the world." When Victor is asked to take in an orphaned kitten, he reluctantly agrees. But will he be able to welcome this new pet into his life? Watercolor and pencil illustrations accompany the text.
"Newman skillfully manages to convey sympathy without being cloying, and she never belittles Victor's feelings. Himler's watercolor illustrations are appropriately warm and fuzzy, and are well-matched to the text. A sweet story about grief and acceptance." 01/01/2004 Publishers Weekly
"Newman captures the conflicting emotions of losing a cherished pet and then learning to love a new one in this warmly reassuring tale....A fitting read for any youngster facing the loss of a pet." 02/02/2004 New Age Retailer
"[E]nchanting story.an asset to any home, library, or school." 09/01/2004