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The Best Cat in the World

Ages 5-10
Full-color Illustrations Throughout
Lexile: AD780L
PAPERBACK; Published: 1/1/2006
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5294-6
Price: $ 10.00
32 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 8 x 10
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Other Editions: Hardcover

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.

Cat Writers' Association, Muse Medallion
Children's Literature
"This is an excellent book for any child, or adult for that matter, to read when they are dealing with death. It is funny, kind, and honest. Most importantly it is hopeful."
Cat Fancy
"A warmly illustrated story of grief and recovery, this book speaks to both children and adults who know what it means to lose a cat."
"There are many books about the death of a pet, but Newman offers a much needed one about integrating a new animal into the home, a sensitive situation that she handles with tenderness and humor."
Horn Book Guide
"The story of mourning is simply and directly told. Himler's watercolor and pencil illustrations create the right mood for the story.' (Recommended)"
Publishers Weekly
"Newman captures the conflicting emotions of losing a cherished pet and then learning to love a new one in this warmly reassuring tale. . . Touching in its depiction of the carefully crafted bonds between a boy and his furry companions. . . A fitting read for any youngster facing the loss of a pet."
"This gentle book honors the full range of a child's feelings after losing a favorite pet ? and agreeing to give a new one a chance."
School Library Journal — Starred Review
"For comfort and catharsis, Newman's fine story is the cat's pajamas."
Kirkus Reviews
"A sweet story about grief and acceptance."