Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed

Leslea Newman (Author) Amy June Bates (Illustrator)
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Product Details

Price
$16.99  $15.63
Publisher
Candlewick Press (MA)
Publish Date
October 06, 2015
Pages
40
Dimensions
10.9 X 9.5 X 0.2 inches | 0.9 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780763665555

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About the Author

Lesléa Newman is the author of more than seventy books for children and adults, including the groundbreaking children's classic Heather Has Two Mommies. She has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Foundation. She lives in Massachusetts.

Amy June Bates has illustrated more than forty books for children, including Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan and The Dog Who Belonged to No One by Amy Hest. Her work has been honored by the Society of Illustrators. She lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Reviews

Based on a true incident, this delightfully told story is unlikely and adorable in equal parts. Bates' watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations feature an un-anthropomorphic kitty whose inquisitive and quizzical nature will be familiar to all cat owners. The author's note offers all the answers readers will want. An absolute charmer!
--Booklist (starred review)

Newman's great affection for her subject is evident, yet she never crosses into cutesiness or sentimentality; her reportorial tone is a perfect match for her down-to-earth, generous hero. Bates, working in hues of parchment and gold, produces some wonderfully warm vignettes, pushing the graceful realism of her watercolor, gouache, and pencil drawings just enough to add a glint of magic to a story that's already one of a kind.
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

This adorable account is as warm and fuzzy as Ketzel herself and all the sweeter because it's based on fact. The watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations suit the text perfectly, delightfully capturing Ketzel's furriness, the story's charming, lively energy, and Moshe and the "composer's" loving friendship. Truly, the cat's meow.
--Kirkus Reviews

Musicians and cat lovers alike will enjoy this charming picture book based on a true story...A delightful read.
--School Library Journal

Charming.
--The Wall Street Journal

A gifted writer and illustrator join forces to craft a charming picture book based on the true story of composer Moshe Cotel and the cat who became famous for her piano composition...
--The Buffalo News

This charming vignette is based on a true story, which encourages readers to suspend disbelief to enjoy a quirky plot and wonderful illustrations...Recommended for the picture book crowd and cat lovers of all ages.
--Jewish Book World (starred review)