Cat Up a Tree by Ann Hassett

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Worried when she spots a cat up a tree, Nana Quimby frantically rings the firehouse for help, only to discover that the firemen no longer rescue cats in trees. What is she to do? She looks out the window again to discover five cats up the tree. And the cats keep coming - too many to count - in all sorts of zany colors, shapes, and sizes. Frantic, Nana Quimby calls the police station, the pet shop, the zoo, and even city hall, but no one will respond to her plea. Children will love counting all the irresistible cats in John Hassett's lively artwork, as the town that refuses to help finds itself caught in a hilarious quandary and finally learns the importance of lending a hand.
 

About Ann Hassett

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John and Ann Hassett have collaborated on many interesting picture books for children. They live in Waldoboro, Maine, with two small girls, chickens, and a dog, as well as mice in the walls. John and Ann Hassett have been collaborating on picture books for more than ten years. Their books are known for their quirky humor and lively illustrations. The Hassetts live and work in Maine, where their "commute to work is short (upstairs, and first door on the right).
 
Published September 15, 1998 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“Sorry,” Nana purrs, “the cats do not catch mice any more.” In sly illustrations, small, sinuous felines with gracefully expressive tails pose against leafy backgrounds, or in the final scene, are strewn cozily about Nana Quimby’s retro kitchen like calligraphed curlicues.

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Call back if that cat starts playing with matches."" Dismayed, she looks out the window again and sees five cats, then 10, up the tree.

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"In this stylized primer, characterized by an old-fashioned coziness, the Hassetts tally no fewer than 40 felines and sum up with a gentle sting," said PW in a starred review about an elderly woman with purring denizens at her side.

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