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1 Title: Lost Cat Author: C. Roger Mader Reviewer: Cynthia Frazier Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publication Year: 2013 ISBN: 9780547974583 Number of Pages: 33 Interest Level: Toddler , Preschool, Primary Rating: Outstanding
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During the chaos of moving day, Slippers the cat is accidentally left behind. No matter how hard she
tries, Slippers can’t catch the car as it drives away. So, Slippers decides to find a new owner to adopt.
Though she meets many people on her search, there is something wrong with each one. Sometimes
there is a scary animal like a dog or a horse that causes Slipper to move on from a potential new
home. Sometimes it is a noisy truck or motorcycle that frightens Slippers away. Once, Slippers had
to climb a tree to escape from a boy who yelled and jumped. As Slippers watches people walk by she
sees someone who may be the person she is looking for and decides to follow. Not only does Slippers
find a new family to adopt, she finds an old friend too.
Roger Mader has written and illustrated a delightful book that is perfect for preschool children
through third grade. A former advertising director, this is his first book in the juvenile fiction genre.
It won the Coretta Scott King Honor Award for illustration and was an ALA Notable Children’s Book.
Working on a writing tip, “let the story come to you,” this heartwarming story was inspired by a lost
kitten that came to his door and decided to stay. Mader’s use of texture, detail, shadow, and light in
his illustrations is masterful. Cat lovers will appreciate and recognize Slipper’s facial expressions and
body language in the large, often two page spreads that are expertly rendered in pastels. Another
plus is his unique idea of showing people through Slipper’s eyes as feet: Mrs. Fuzzy Slippers, Ms.
Muddy Boots, Mrs. Iron Shoes, Mr. Cowboy Boots. This book would be a welcome addition to any library
for the illustrations alone. Its tender story is a bonus. You can continue to enjoy Slipper’s escapades in
Stowaway in a Sleigh, released this year.