Rocky by Donna Jo Napoli
The Cat Who Barks

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Meet Rocky, a tiny pup with a ton of personality whose spunk will have little yippers cheering. When poor Rocky has to move to a new house, five snooty cats make his life miserable. But Rocky has one thing the cats don't: a stouthearted "Arf!" that can stop naughty, teasing kids in their tracks. Rocky soon wins some grateful feline friends-and a permanent place as an honorary cat. With the witty, larky illustrations of Tamara Petrosino, co-authors Donna Jo Napoli and her sister, Marie Kane, have created a lovable new mutt hero whose heart is as big as his bark.

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Donna Jo Napoli was born in 1948. She has earned three degrees from Harvard University: a B.A. in Mathematics, an M.A. in Italian Literature, and a Ph.D. in General and Romance Linguistics. She has taught on the university level since 1970, is widely published in scholarly journals and has received numerous grants and fellowships in the area of linguistics. She teaches linguistics and was chair of the linguistics program at Swarthmore College. She is a published poet and coeditor of four poetry volumes. Napoli was introduced to Dutton by Lloyd Alexander. Dutton promptly published her first middle grade novel, Soccer Shock, in 1991 to critical and popular acclaim. In 1993, Napoli's versatility became evident with the publication of The Prince of the Pond which won the New Jersey Reading Association's M. Jerry Weiss Book Award in 1997. Napoli has also won a Bulletin Blue Ribbon, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and a Publishers Weekly Choice of the Years Best books for her novel Zel. Napoli's Stones in Water won the Golden Kite Award in 1997. She has written many young adult novels including The Wager in 2010. Siobhan Ciminera lives in New York, New York. Tamara Petrosino lives in Rutherford, New Jersey.
Published February 18, 2002 by Dutton Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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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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But when Nini must move to a no-dogs apartment, Rocky winds up in a new house with two "little monsters" (i.e., children) and five surly cats who are bigger than he is.

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