Cone Cat

Owlkids. Aug. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781771473613.
PreS-Gr 1–An accident-prone house cat learns to love the cone that has been placed around his head for safety. When Jeremy the cat wakes up one day to discover that he has been fitted with a cone, he is utterly distraught. It blocks his view, bends his whiskers, and really puts a crimp in his super-cat style. After some trial and error, Jeremy discovers a way to use the cone to his advantage, but then it’s time for the cone to be removed. Jeremy, a blue-and-white cat of indeterminate age, is drawn with sly, sleepy eyes. He finds ways to bend the cone to his will, first discovering its usefulness as a funnel for milk, then as a spider catching device, and even as an acoustic aid. Jeremy’s thoughts are distinguished by the use of bold text, and colorful illustrations featuring Ava, the small human who Jeremy mostly tries to avoid, fill the story with light and levity. Readers will chuckle at the sight of a cat waiting in line to receive his share of birthday cake.
VERDICT Purchase where pet stories are popular, although the morals of adapting to change and making the best of a bad situation are sure to resonate with all young readers.

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