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Comet's Nine Lives [Hardcover]

By Jan Brett (Author)
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Item description for Comet's Nine Lives by Jan Brett...

Searching everywhere for a place to settle down, a lost Nantucket cat investigates a bookstore, an ice cream shop, a sea-going scalloper, a theater, and a Fourth of July concert before he meets a lighthouse cat and finds a home.

Publishers Description
Like all cats, Comet knew he had been born with nine lives. But he'd never thought much about it until the day he lost life number one in a flower garden on Nantucket. He'd spent lazy days wandering all over the island, not calling any one place home. Now he knows it is time to settle down. But Comet's lives begin to disappear all too quickly, as he gets into one humorous predicament after another. Then comes the day of the big hurricane....
Beautiful island scenes--sandy beaches, hillside flower gardens, seaside trails, villages, and the sea itself are set within exquisite shell borders. Once again Jan Brett brings her originality and charm to a familiar setting as she inhabits her Nantucket with colorful canine residents, among them a shaggy sheepdog captain who travels through the story and into the borders looking for a friend to live with him and his lighthouse cat.

Awards and Recognitions
Comet's Nine Lives by Jan Brett has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Buckaroo Book Award - 1998-1999 Nominee - Children's category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Comet's Nine Lives by Jan Brett has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1996 page 21
  • Publishers Weekly - 10/07/1996 page 74
  • Booklist - 10/15/1996 page 430
  • School Library Journal - 12/01/1996 page 85

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Putnam Juvenile
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.05" Width: 10.28" Height: 0.38"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 27, 1996
Publisher   Putnam Juvenile
Age  4-8
ISBN  0399229310  
ISBN13  9780399229312  
UPC  048228016991  

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More About Jan Brett

Jan Brett With over thirty seven million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

Jan Brett currently resides in the state of Massachusetts. Jan Brett was born in 1949.

Jan Brett has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Clarion Books
  2. Jan Brett's Little Library
  3. Read-Along Book and CD Favorite

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Reviews - What do customers think about Comet's Nine Lives?

My 1st grade class liked it!  Aug 26, 2007
Comet is a cat living in a dog-run world (doesn't life suck there?) where he meets misfortune after misfortune. Fortunately, he is a cat and therefore has nine lives--he just happens to be loosing them at an alarming rate.

It's a sweet, quirky story that admittedly does not have much on plot. But the kids had fun predicting how each new situation would kill Comet. I have never seen macabre in a cuter way, and that's always a plus. Despite all the fun deaths, we are still left wondering if Comet will make it out alive and live happily ever after or lose all nine lives.

Much of the story is told in the illustrations, and I appreciated that as it got the kids thinking. And, as always, Jan Brett's illustrations are gorgeous.

If the kids are fighting over this book during free reading time, that's a good sign. And teacher enjoys a little macabre herself.

Great job.
Great Pictures, Okay Story  Apr 26, 2007
Very beautiful Nantucket influenced illustrations, but I am not compelled to own it compared to many other of Brett's books, due to the story,and I am a cat lover. The flow seemed choppy from page to page as the cat "dies" each one of eight of his nine lives in various ways.
Beautiful Illustrations and an Entertaining Storyline  Mar 26, 2006
As always, the drawings by Jan Brett are amazing. The detail shows just how deeply she researches all of her subjects before starting a project.

This story follows Comet, and adventure-seeking cat on Nantucket who manages to find trouble wherever he goes and quickly uses up his "nine lives" before he finds a wonderful home at the lighthouse.

For those who have trouble with the idea of Comet "dying" over and over again, try explaining to your children what the phrase "nine lives" means. Obviously no cat has nine lives, but anyone who has cats, as we do, knows that cats have lots of near misses. When we read this book we do not look at them as deaths, but mearly close calls.

A great story to follow along with the fantastic illustrations.
My First Jan Brett Book  Dec 11, 2005
This was my and my son's first Jan Brett book and it won't be our last! We bought it on vacation on Cape Cod, and even though the story was about Nantucket, we were thrilled with how well it evoked the various sides of beach town living. So different than all the other "beach books" out there. It doesn't hurt that my son is a cat freak, so of course we were very interested in all the ways that Comet the cat chose to explore the sea town. I paused a bit before buying this book, worried about having to explain "death" to my son in the context of Comet's having nine lives, but I found that it didn't bother him or me, he was able to understand that the nine lives were meant humorously.

The illustrations are nicely complex, and they still provide much to look at even though my son has already committed the text to memory.

We'll be trying Jan Brett's Christmas books next. (Update -- The Christmas books are nowhere near as much fun as Comet. They seem like they come from a different author entirely).
Death is not charming  Oct 13, 2005
I agree with the reviewer who found this macabre. Normally I like Jan Brett's work a lot, but I don't think that death should be portrayed as cute and funny, nor do I think that young children should be given the impression that death is a temporary state.

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