Cat Up a Tree
By Ann Hassett
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Library Binding, 9780395884157, 32pp.)
Publication Date: September 1998
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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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.
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).”
This is a pettable and furry little adventure that should make lapsitters as happy as kittens with a ball of yarn.” The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred
"As much fun for the reader as the listener." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
"The Hassetts' gentle humor and equally light brushwork possess a delicate charm, and the careful Nana ensures that every cat leaves its lofty perch." Publishers Weekly
Funny and whimsical and engaging . . . . This is a book to read and reread, with cats to count and recount, and little visual details like satellite dishes and mice on windowsills to spot with each new pass.” New York Times Book Review Notable Book