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Cat's colors
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c1997.
Physical Description:
1 v. (unpaged) : color illustrations.
General Note:
Simultaneously published in Great Britain.
A cat describes ten different colors and tells which one is its favorite.


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A cat describes ten different colors and tells which one is its favorite.

Reviews 5

School Library Journal Review

PreS‘Bold watercolors enhance this charming story of a kitten and its hunt for a favorite color. It checks out nine different hues before deciding that orange is the winner because it is the color of Cat's mother, a big orange tabby. The sweet ending should be a delightful surprise for toddlers. The entertaining lesson about colors will be a hit with children and parents alike. Striking two-page spreads quickly draw readers into the simple and unassuming story, while the dramatic and cheerful artwork is a definite plus.‘Melissa Hudak, North Suburban District Library, Roscoe, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

In her first book for children, British artist Cabrera covers almost every inch of space with thick, energetic paint strokes with the look of finger-painting. Her style exudes the joy of creation: the illustrations possess a tactile vitality and a just-ripped-from-the easel freshness, almost as if the vibrant colors have yet to dry. The story is like a guessing game: through a series of simple questions, the reader is asked to figure out which of 10 colors is the favorite of the hero, a bright-eyed orange kitten with dashing black stripes. "Is it pink?" reads a spread that finds the kitten peeping through a field of enormous flowers. "Pink are the petals of my favorite flowers." Cabrera seems to revel in putting her sassily rendered kitten through its paces‘on other spreads, the cat perches in a black night aflutter with gleeful bats, leaps through a blue sky ("where I chase the birds"), lolls on a red rug in the company of a mouse. The book's playfulness extends to the typography (actually a mixture of type and calligraphy), which skips and tumbles on the page. A noteworthy entry in a crowded field of color-concept books. Ages 3-7. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

Vibrant illustrations are the strong point of this concept book. An orange-and-black striped cat asks: 'What is my favorite color?' On bold double-page spreads, Cat offers ten suggestions, including black ('the night when bats swoop and soar') and green ('the grass where I like to walk'). But in the end, Cat's favorite color is 'the color of my mother.' Unfortunately, red and orange tones are nearly indistinguishable. From HORN BOOK 1997, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Those who think they've seen everything in the ubiquitous color concept-book genre haven't seen Cabrera's debut, an irresistible take on the subject. An orange-and-black kitten takes children on a trip through his world and invites them to discover his favorite color. In a series of involving spreads, the kitten explores the world and introduces both concepts and colors. Each time the kitten asks if a particular color is it, viewers are treated to a boldly gestural, accomplished oil painting in green, pink, black (``the night when bats swoop and soar''), red, yellow, purple (``the yarn I tangle in my claws''), brown, blue, white (``the clouds floating in the sky''), or orange. ``Is it orange? Yes! . . . the color of my mother.'' The art is childlike and comforting, with broad, visible strokes of the brush. Impish and informational. (Picture book. 3-7)

Booklist Review

Ages 1^-4. A black-and-orange kitten asks, "What is my favorite color?" and looks at its choices, one by one. "Is it Green? Green is the grass where I like to walk." Big, bold, and bright, each double-page spread features another hue in its background: yellow sand, a red rug, blue sky, purple yarn. In the finale, the kitten reveals that its favorite is orange, the color of its mother. From the striking cover art to the story's last page, this picture book is beautifully designed to attract and hold the attention of toddlers and preschoolers. Blazing with colors painted in heavy brush strokes, even the simplest compositions have a sense of underlying energy and action. This cheerful picture book gives young children a chance to learn their colors and offers older ones an opportunity to show off what they know through the question-and-answer format. Its narrative innocence and visual verve make this a charmer for reading aloud at home or in story hour. --Carolyn Phelan