What Cats Think

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What Cats Think

By John Spray Mies van Hout
Picture Book Ages 6–10
ISBN: 978-1-77278-087-1
List Price: $23.95 CAD / $19.95 USD
Hardcover with dust jacket & reinforced trade binding
Trim size: 9.75 x 11.75 in / 24.77 x 29.85 cm
Pages: 44

Canadian Publication Date: October 18, 2019
U.S. Publication Date: October 29, 2019

Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services

Cats take center stage for a colourful and whimsical celebration of feline personalities featuring the eye-popping illustrations of Mies van Hout

What do cats think when they get caught in the rain, or when a bird is just out of reach? If they could tell us, their voices would be full of charisma and attitude.

Cats have been our companions for thousands of years. From the sandy roads of Ancient Egypt to the shopping bag left on the kitchen counter, felines have always embraced their curiosity.

With a lot of history comes a lot of personality. Charming, capricious free verse from author John Spray pairs brilliantly with the striking art of celebrated illustrator Mies van Hout in this delightful tribute to cats.

Reviews:
“This book perfectly encapsulates everything that is elegant and enigmatic, sinister and sassy in feline behavior….These verses will work well when teaching children that poetry comes in many forms, not just rhyming couplets….The rhythmic text and dynamic art will delight all readers, but cat lovers will take extra pleasure in the quintessentially feline traits celebrated in this book.”—School Library Journal

“Are cats capable of poetry? They are in this volume…Color pours off each page in van Hout’s vibrant, bold illustrations—a mix of acrylic ink, oil pastels, and gouache. Her felines expressively embody Spray’s emphatic free verse, which authentically gives voice to cats’ changeable emotions.”—Publishers Weekly

“[A] delightful tribute to domestic felines….Readers need not be cat lovers to thoroughly enjoy this book. What Cats Think is fun, imaginative and loaded with personality! Highly Recommended.”—CM Magazine

“Colorful, expressive pictures of cats are accompanied by brief text.”—Kirkus Reviews

“With What Cats Think, Mies van Hout and John Spray have given us the context for cats’ looks and sounds that will remind us of the depth of feline reasoning and expression. It’s not surprising to many that cats have been celebrated and worshipped throughout history and it’s best we not forget this.”—CanLit for LittleCanadians

“There is much to pore over in What Cats Think and I enjoy that it doesn’t necessarily have a linear direction to it: that means that whether a reader is absorbed by the artwork, or particular cats, or particular poems- Spray’s poems are whimsical and should be hugely appealing to younger and older readers!- or whether a reader wishes to enjoy the picture book beginning to end, the story simply works.”—Fab Book Reviews

“[Mies van Hout’s] wonderful, warm and witty mixed media artwork bless the pages of this fascinating book….John Spray’s free verse text celebrates the cats presented. Each turn offers a double page spread with featured feline accompanied by tremendous variety in tone and temperament….You don’t have to love cats to love this book. It’s a charmer!”—Sal’s Fiction Addiction