Cat Poems by Dave Crawley

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Cats: They wake you up at dawn, nap on your lap, perch on the book you're reading, and sometimes act as though they don't know you. They are a constant source of puzzlement—and joy. In this collection of poems, Dave Crawley pays tribute to the fabulous, finicky felines he has known and loved since childhood, capturing classic cat antics with affection and humor. Tamara Petrosino's watercolor illustrations amplify the humor and depict cats' expressions, postures, and mischievous ways as only a devoted cat owner could.

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Dave Crawley has provided Emmy-award-winning stories in rhyme for many years at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he lives and works as a features reporter.Tamara Petrosino is the illustrator of Rocky: The Cat Who Barks by Donna Jo Napoli and Marie Kane and How Prudence Proovit Proved the Truth About Fairy Tales by Coleen Murtagh Paratore, among other titles. She resides in Rutherford, New Jersey.
Published April 1, 2005 by Wordsong. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The grateful cats, in a rapid reversal, accept Rocky into their kitty coalition, and he adopts a few feline behaviors while remaining “the only cat who barks.” Petrosino’s (Rabbit Stew, 1999) illustrations employ a cartoon style and citrus shades, with full-page spreads showing cats and kids in a...

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Some, like “Finicky Felicia” or “Mixed-Up Max,” are named, while others are anonymous—but all offer entertainment to their humans, companionship and comfort in times of stress: “She rubs her head against my leg, / and I’m no longer sad— / for suddenly my awful day / is really not so bad.” Crawley...

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