How to Be a Cat by Nikki McClure

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Read How to Be a Cat Online Free - In cut-paper artist Nikki McClure’s latest picture book, a kitten practices the basics of feline behavior over the course of a day. A single word of text per spread teaches readers “how to be a cat”—how to stretch, clean, pounce, feast—while the striking paper cuts illustrate the kitten’s attempts to imitate an adult cat’s mastery of each skill. At times the kitten triumphantly succeeds, and at other times the kitten struggles, in vignettes that range from whimsical to profound.
A celebration of all things feline, How to Be a Cat also tells a universal story of mastering life skills, and of the sometimes tender, sometimes stern relationship between parent and child, teacher and pupil. Cat lovers of all ages will connect to this loving portrayal of a mentor-student relationship.

Praise for How to Be a Cat
"Purrrrfect for beginning readers and little artists with an eye for fine cut-paper compositions and craftsmanship."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A delightful picture book in every way. Beginning with the paw-print endpapers, youngsters will know that they are in for an adventure. The simplicity and flow of page design are beautifully done as viewers follow a kitten and his mother as she teaches him basic feline behavior."
School Library Journal, starred review

"McClure's cut-paper spreads can be mesmerizing."
Publishers Weekly

"McClure wonderfully captures the shape and movement of the feline form, and kids will also enjoy pointing out the blue and white butterflies and the black-capped chickadee that also appear on several pages."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Perfect for cat lovers of all ages, the book helps us reconnect with memories of our own jouney of growth and learning."
Cat Fancy


Title : How to Be a Cat
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ISBN : 1419705288
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 pages


David rated it ★★★★☆

August 18, 2017

Third cut-out book I have read by Olympia (WA) artist McClure. By “cut-out” I mean the whole book is one long continuous piece of paper, with the images cut out. My Goodreads friend Raina explains it in a comment to me: “In every original piece of art, she connects everything so you can pick it up...

Miranda rated it ★★★★★

July 24, 2015

Well, MY kittens seemed to enjoy it, and so did I.

Edward rated it ★★★★★

February 06, 2013

Simple purrrfection.

Tamara rated it ★★★★☆

May 08, 2016

Man, I love cats.

Tasha rated it ★★★★★

April 09, 2013

Small Kitten follows the lead of Big Cat as they go through their day in this very simple picture book. With just one word per page, the story is told more in the images than in the words. The little kitten practices how to clean himself, how to hunt bugs and butterflies, and how to listen. As th...

Sondra rated it ★★★☆☆

March 30, 2013

This book is visually striking, with black-and-white pictures of very realistic and cat-like cats. The only color is the light blue words and the butterflies that flutter across the page for the cats to stalk. One word per page. Not sure it would work for storytime, but it would be a lovely book...

Heidi-Marie rated it ★★★☆☆

January 25, 2016

Grabbed this on my way in to Movement Storytime. It was perfect. A good length and text amount for the the younger kids I've been getting. And all of those actions coincide with movement really well, too. I like the illustrations as well.

Rachel rated it ★★★★★

October 24, 2013

Just beautiful, love the solid illustrations with little color, the interaction between the two cats and the use of one bold word for each action.

Anna rated it ★★★★★

February 05, 2018

Beautiful artwork of cats. It's amazing how they were made from black paper and then the color was digitally added. I loved the artwork. The book isn't really a story. It has one word per page or illustration that pertains to what the cats are doing. Examples: Lick (they're washing their face) an...

Hamish rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 14, 2017

Although charming, it's a very simple book, and you'd need to be a serious cat lover to give this five stars.

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