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That Cat Can't Stay

by Thad Krasnesky
Illustrated by David Parkins


The poor dad in this whimsical picture book just doesn't like cats. They scratch him, they make him sneeze, and they carry fleas. A cat simply isn't the pet for him. But the clever mom knows Dad has a soft heart, and before he knows it, there are five cats making themselves quite at home in his favorite chair.

So what's a dad to do? The lively rhyme and comic illustrations are sure to make readers giggle, and the poor, kind-hearted dad certainly deserves the happy ending he gets. David Parkins does a wonderful job of creating engaging expressions for both cats and people. I am certain that any loving dad who ever tried to put his foot down will recognize himself in the poor dad. And who knows? Maybe some of the dad's rhyming reasons for rejecting cats will come in handy the next time someone brings home a cuddly kitten ...nope, probably not. It's best to just embrace the fluff.

The Book

Flashlight Press
April 1, 2010
978-0979974656 / 0979974658
Picture Book / Ages 4-8
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The Reviewer

Jan Fields
Reviewed 2010
NOTE: Reviewer Jan Fields is the editor of Kid Magazine Writers emagazine and has written dozens of stories and articles for the children's magazine market.
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