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Mr. Pusskins : a love story, written and illustrated by Sam Lloyd

Label
Mr. Pusskins : a love story
Title
Mr. Pusskins
Title remainder
a love story
Statement of responsibility
written and illustrated by Sam Lloyd
Title variation
Mister Pusskins
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Grumpy Mr. Pusskins hates doing ordinary cat things such as playing with his owner Emily but a night out on the streets in search of adventure makes him reconsider the advantages of a loving home
Review
  • /*Starred Review*/ The cover illustration shows Mr. Pusskins in full attitude: fat, furry, and furious. That doesnt stop Emily from adoring her cat, brushing him, telling him stories, and snuggling, when possible. Pusskins cant stand any of it, and one night he leaves. He went places he wasnt meant to go and did things he wasnt meant to do. He makes friends with the Pesky gang, yowling the night away. But things change, and in time Pusskins is left alone, cold, and hungry. Oh, how he wishes for someone who would cuddle him. Remembering what a mean-tempered cat he was, Pusskins is ashamed. When he finds a lost poster with his picture, hes almost afraid to make the call, but he does. Emily comes to rescue him, though at first she passes him by, not recognizing the down and disheveled kitty. Many things work well here. First, there is a real story, which kids will like; listeners will also appreciate Pusskins transformation and the happy ending. Then theres the art, which is as outsize as Pusskins himself. Lloyds vigorous style--lots of sweeping black lines and multiple vignettes per spread--keeps readers glued to the story. This one will be fun to read aloud. -- Ilene Cooper (Reviewed 11-01-2006) (Booklist, vol 103, number 5, p52)
  • PreS-Gr 1— Mr. Pusskins is a cantankerous cat who doesn't appreciate his young owner. When Emily lovingly coos, "what a handsome boy you are!" all he hears is "Blah-de-blah, blah, blah." Feeling smothered and yearning for some "naughty fun," he runs away. He wreaks havoc in neighborhood gardens, rummages through garbage cans, and hangs out with the notorious "Pesky Cat Gang." However, he soon tires of his new life. He regrets his ill treatment of Emily, and when they are finally reunited, he changes his ungrateful ways. Humorous illustrations capture this fluffy, ginger-colored sourpuss in all of his grouchy glory, and his big, round eyes convey a range of expressions, from haughtiness to remorse. This sassy love story will be a storytime hit.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada --Linda Ludke (Reviewed January 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 1, p98)
  • Phooey on unconditional love. That's the sentiment of the eponymous sourpuss, who can't stand the doting of his owner, a blissfully happy girl named Emily. "The girl's constant babbling, 'Blah-de-blah, blah, blah,' bored his whiskers off. He wanted more than this dull life." But when Mr. Pusskins finally seizes the opportunity to run away, he soon realizes that life on the streets is not what he bargained for. Dirty, cold and alone, he thinks, "Emily had given him everything a cat could ever dream of... but he had never been nice to her." In the book's funniest scene, Mr. Pusskins literally phones home, meows pitifully into the receiver, and is quickly reunited with his adoring human: "Now both Emily and Mr. Pusskins realize how lucky they are to have each other." Although the writing can be overly literal, Lloyd's astutely cartooned pictures more than make up for what her prose lacks in punch. Mr. Pusskins starts out as a fat, angry-looking oval of orange fur, with a tail that literally bristles with resentment, disgust and naughtiness; during his dark night of the soul, the tail shrivels up and falls behind him like a piece of furry seaweed. By book's end, the harsh black brushstrokes that detailed his coat have softened considerably, and his eyes are as wide and adoring as Emily's. Clearly, it's the beginning of a revitalized relationship. Ages 4-6. (Dec.) --Staff (Reviewed December 4, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 48, p57)
  • Meet Mr. Pusskins: The orange tabby on the cover scowling underneath his name and title will make readers grin or even chuckle. "Emily adored Mr. Pusskins." However, her fur-brushing, endearments and story readings bore his whiskers off. Mr. Pusskins wants more than this dull life—so he leaves. He does everything he isn't supposed to, like making friends with the Pesky Cat Gang. Life without Emily is such naughty fun, until the rain falls, icy winds blow and his new friends are no longer nice. A feeble, frantic phone call from bedraggled, lonely Mr. Pusskins brings Emily to his rescue. Now, Mr. P. adores Emily! Large double spreads with bright colors, google eyes and ornery expressions caricature the raucous and righteous behavior. Never mind the deficiency of details about how a cat can dial a phone, this shaggy story of "cattitude" is amusing and unadulterated fun. (Picture book. 4-7) (Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2006)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
153666
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1971-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lloyd, Sam
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
For children
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 1
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Cats
Target audience
primary
Label
Mr. Pusskins : a love story, written and illustrated by Sam Lloyd
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"Originally published in Great Britain in 2006 by Orchard Books"
Control code
000028644027
Dimensions
29 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781416925170
Other physical details
col. ill.
Label
Mr. Pusskins : a love story, written and illustrated by Sam Lloyd
Publication
Note
"Originally published in Great Britain in 2006 by Orchard Books"
Control code
000028644027
Dimensions
29 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781416925170
Other physical details
col. ill.

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