The Best Cat in the World by Leslea Newman

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Even the best cat in the world doesn't live forever, and Victor is very sad when his beloved cat, Charlie, dies. His mother suggests getting a new cat, but Victor isn't so sure. Finally, when the vet tells Victor she has another cat that really needs a home, Victor agrees to give the new cat a chance. But the new cat, Shelley, isn't like Charlie. She doesn't look like Charlie, or act like Charlie, or like to do the things Charlie used to do. With all these differences, is there any chance that Victor can learn to accept and love Shelley? Leslea Newman's gentle story honors the full range of a child's feelings after losing a favorite pet, while Ron Himler's soft pencil and watercolor illustrations capture Victor's poignant emotions as well as the playful antics of his new kitten.
 

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Lesl?a Newman is the author of more than sixty books for children and adults, including the groundbreaking children's classic Heather Has Two Mommies. A former poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts, she has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Foundation. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. Ronald Himler was born in Cleveland Ohio, and attended the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he majored in painting and illustration. After graduation he attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He worked for a number of years at professionally related jobs in the arts, before traveling extensively in Europe. Once there, he conducted independent research at the major museums, including the Louvre in Paris, the Uffizi gallery in Florence, and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. In 1972 he illustrated his first children's book, Glad Day and Other Classical Poems for Children. In 1976 he authored and illustrated The Girl on the Yellow Giraffe. In 1979 he authored and illustrated Wake Up Jeremiah, and co-authored and illustrated Little Owl, Keeper of the Trees. He went on to illustrate more then 100 picture books for children, and has painted hundreds of book covers for young adult novels which are displayed in bookstores and libraries across the nation. He has won the Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators, the Illustrator of the Year from the Arizona Library Association, The Christopher Award, the Parents Choice Gold Award. He was named a Reading Rainbow Selection, an ALA Notable Childrens Books, a Best Western Book Cover Art Finalist from the Western Writers of America, a Merit Citation from the Society of Illustrators, a Golden Sower Award Nominee, a Blue Bonnet Nominee and a Junior Literary Guild Selection. Himler has also won a Childrens Book Council Award, a Top Hand Award, a Childrens Choice Award from the International Reading Association, Best Childrens Book of the Year Award from the School Library Journal, New York State Charlotte Award Nominee, a Texas Blue Bonnet Award, a Colorado Childrens Book Award Nominee, a Maryland Blackeyed Susan Picture Book Award, and a Washington Childrens Choice Picture Book Award Ballot. Himler's books have been named a Notable Childrens Trade Book in Social Studies, a Books for Brotherhood from the National Council of Christians and Jews, a Children's Reviewers Choice from Book List, a Best Books of the Year Selection from the New York Public Library, a Notable Trade Book in the Language Arts, a Pick of the Lists from American Booksellers, a Junior Library Guild Selection, a Hornbook-Fanfare Selection, a Book List, Editor's Choice, a California Childrens Book Awards Selection, a Childrens Book of the Month Club Selection, and an Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children.
 
Published January 27, 2004 by Eerdmans Books For Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Every night Victor always asked Charlie, “Who’s the best cat in the world?” Charlie would purr contentedly in reply.

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