Bits & Pieces

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Bits & Pieces

Judy Schachner
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2013

From the dust jacket: “Tink has everything he ever wanted: delicious treats, hugs and kisses, and even a kitten to raise. The only thing missing is wild outdoor adventure. So when the opportunity arises, Tink sneaks away—and becomes an outdoor cat for one unforgettable night before his is found and returned home.

“With meltingly tender illustrations, bestselling author Judy Schachner creates a warm and poignant portrait of a beloved pet and the family who loves him to bits and pieces.”

Right off the bat, we loved this book. Of course, everything by Judy Schachner is tops in our library! Tink is modeled after her own cat whom I’m guessing she loved to bits and pieces. From start to finish it’s easy to fall in love with Tink and his antics – especially the illustration of licking the butter. Angel Piper loved butter, too! Mom kept it on the counter until she started finding tongue prints in it! My heart hurt a little when Tink was lost and almost ended up at a shelter!

Bits & Pieces is a wonderful book to have in your home to share with kittens and humans alike. It will touch your heart and is a perfect companion book to The Grannyman.

Rating: 5 paws out of 5 because it is exactly what the publishers said – “meltingly tender illustrations” and “a warm and poignant portrait of a beloved pet.” I can’t say it any better than that.

Reviewer:

simon-loc
Simon

 

The Grannyman

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The Grannyman

Judith Byron Schachner
Dutton’s Children’s Books, 1999

From the dust jacket: “Simon was a very old cat. His family tried their best to take care of him. They kept him comfy in a baby carriage and neat at mealtime, but Simon felt useless. After such a full life, he wondered what an old cat was good for anyway.

“Just when Simon had decided it was all over for him, something soft and small came along to give him lots to do, lots to look forward to—and a brand-new name.

“In words and pictures filled with character, nuance, expression, and love, Judith Byron Schachner pays homage to one special, very old feline in a book for anyone who has lived with and loved a cat.”

My goodness – a book with my namesake!!! Like me, this Simon is old but unlike me he is blind and deaf (although at the age of 15+ years, my eyesight is rather dim and I do forget where the food is!). Also like me, Simon is loved very much and his family puts up with his messiness, bad breath and crankiness. (Toby says I have bad breath, but he must not be able to smell his own!) This is a marvelous book that will remind the reader that just because we’re old doesn’t mean we are useless!!

We’ve added this book to our wish list because we love it so much. Read this book to your kittens, or just read it yourself; if you have ever loved a cat, you won’t be disappointed—you’ll be enchanted!!

Rating 5 out of 5 paws because although it’s not laugh out-loud funny the way the author’s Skippyjon Jones books are, it is nonetheless both heartwarming and heartbreaking and full of those elusive warm, fuzzy feelings missing from so many books we read.

Reviewer:

simon-loc
Simon