Item description for Kitten for a Day (Picture Puffins) by Ezra Jack Keats...
Overview When the puppy becomes curious about a group of kittens, he joins their group for the day to experience what their life is like and becomes an honorary kitten for a day. Simultaneous.
Publishers Description Can a puppy be a kitten? This puppy thinks he is. As he plays with four kittens, he tumbles and stumbles, thumps and slurps, spills and falls. Then his mother arrives. Will the five new friends be able to play again? Award-winning author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats's appealing illustrations will have readers purring with contentment. "A visually delightful book." ("The Horn Book")
Citations And Professional Reviews Kitten for a Day (Picture Puffins) by Ezra Jack Keats has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2002 page 305
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2002 page 305
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.6" Width: 7.5" Height: 0.2" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Feb 18, 2002
ISBN 0142300543 ISBN13 9780142300541 UPC 051488006992
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More About Ezra Jack Keats
Ezra Jack Keats (March 11, 1916 – May 6, 1983) was an American writer and illustrator of children's books. He won the 1963 Caldecott Medal for illustrating The Snowy Day, which he also wrote. It is considered one of the most important American books of the 20th century.
Keats is best known for introducing multiculturalism into mainstream American children's literature. He was one of the first children’s book authors to use an urban setting for his stories and he developed the use of collage as a medium for illustration.
Ezra Jack Keats lived in the state of New York. Ezra Jack Keats was born in 1916 and died in 1983.
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Mild nausea for a day Jul 30, 2004
Ugh. I'll clarify something right here and now. I love reviewing picture books for this site.com. Normally this is a highly enjoyable thing to do and it gives me a great amount of joy. Unfortunately, I've done it long enough that I've come to the undeniable realization that if I EVER give a negative review to a book that some adult adored as a child (be it the racist "They Were Strong and Good" by Robert Lawson or the treacly "Betsy Tacy" books by Maud Hart Lovelace) I'm slowly but surely pummeled with negative votes. This is usually because adults have an incredibly difficult time separating themselves from the books they loved when they were kids, no matter how poorly the book was made. I think you can see where I'm going with this. I came to pick up "Kitten For a Day" by Ezra Jack Keats (undeniably one of the most influential picture book artists in the United States) because it appeared on the New York Public Library's Summer 2004 reading list for early readers. I opened it up, read it once, read it twice, read it (with incredible reluctance) thrice and came to a horrid conclusion. Oh this book is bad. It's just...awful. If you're an adult that grew up with this book and you want to introduce it to your children, go right ahead. That's your prerogative and far be it from me or anyone else to stop you. But if you just heard about this book through the grapevine and you want to know a little more about it, let me clarify right now that this story is not good. It is not good at all.
The plot is a familiar one. A group of kittens are playing together when an adorably puppy joins them. After climbing into a bowl with them one of the kitties asks, "Are you a kitten?" The puppy replies, "Uh huh - I think so". That apparently satisfies the kittens and the group, with puppy in tow, go about a set of catlike adventures. They lap up milk (the puppy makes a mess). They meow (the puppy tries but it ends up as "meee...rrruff!"). They jump from chair to chair (the puppy takes a tumble). They even chase a mouse (the puppy bumping its head and the mouse apologizing to the pup). Finally the pup's mom arrives and waving goodbye to his friends the puppy suggests that next time they all try to be dogs. The end.
You read through this description and you think, "There's nothing inherently bad about this story". I agree. There's nothing inherantly good about it either, though. The problem is that it's just so doggone (ho ho!) bland. Author/illustrator Ezra Jack Keats is best known for his groundbreaking/breathtaking/award making "Snowy Day". I know "Snowy Day", ladies and gentlemen. "Snowy Day" is one of my favorite books. And this, sir, is no "Snowy Day". In that book the illustrations were artful cutouts and colors. The art in this book is drawn and, sad to say, drawn badly. The pictures are poorly painted and done in a kind of slapdash manner (especially that last shot of the puppy being taken home by its mom). The scant words in the story convey the plot but they're bereft of wit or whimsy. The greatest crime in this story is that compared to the great picture books made after (and even before) its publication in 1974 it doesn't stand up to close scrutiny.
If you're looking for a fabulous picture book about a little dog that pretends to be a cat for a while, I highly recommend you seek out "Widget" by Lyn Rossiter McFarland. If you want a picture book that tells a great story through visual images rather than words, try the Caldecott Award winning "Tuesday" by Dave Wiesner. This book has sentimental value for a lot of people, but it just isn't in the same league as a lot of really great picture books out there today. Life's too short to waste it on reading tepid picture books to your kids. Forgo the insipid pleasures of "Kitten For a Day".
Kitten for a Day by Ezra Jack Keats Jun 19, 2002
This delightful tale is told mostly through wonderfully sweet illustrations of four mischievous kittens and a puppy who thinks he is one of them. The few words of text enhance the story by adding a dimension of sound - those that a kitten or puppy would naturally make. The characters are also personified with the ability to talk. The warm muted tones and soft curved lines add realism and create an inviting setting for the listener. The story of this puppy trying to eat, play, meow, and groom himself like a kitten will make any toddler or preschooler giggle. Kitten for a Day can also spark discussions to help the child learn about the differences and similarities between kittens and puppies. This hardcover book would hold up well for library circulation. The large, detailed illustrations would keep the interest of children in a group story time too.