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Cat And Canary (Andersen Press Picture Books) [Paperback]

Michael Foreman
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26 Jun 2003 Andersen Press Picture Books
Cat's best friend is the canary in his apartment. Once their master has gone out, Cat lets Canary out of his cage, and they go up onto the roof together. Cat wishes he could fly, like all the birds around him, and when he finds a kite tangled in an aerial, it's too much of a temptation. But the kite carries him much too high, and much too far, and Canary needs to martial a crowd of feathered friends to tow the kite home. Cat isn't the least bit bothered: 'Tomorrow, we can go to the land beyond the river, and still be back for tea!'

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Andersen; New edition edition (26 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842702874
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842702871
  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 19.4 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 914,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Foreman's numerous books for children have earned him widespread recognition as one of the world's most celebrated illustrators. He has worked on a vast range of children's books, and has collaborated with many great authors including Michael Morpurgo and Terry Jones. He also writes and illustrates his own books, including 'War Boy' and 'War Game' - winners of the Kate Greenaway Award and Smarties Book Prize respectively - and 'After the War was Over'. Michael has also illustrated many classic children's books including 'Treasure Island', 'Peter Pan and Wendy', 'The Wind in the Willows' and 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'.

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'Michael Foreman has a flair for turning a book into a special occasion.' Quentin Blake

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A new Andersen Press paperback edition of this classic picture book by master storyteller Michael Foreman.

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This is a vivid story of a cat who, the moment his owner is out of the house opens the cage of his best friend the canary so he can whirl and twirl over the city. Cat stays on the roof tops and, because he doesn't chase them, the birds are his friends. One windy day cat gets entangled in a kite and is himself whisked up amongst the sky-scrapers which is exciting and scary in equal measure. He worries how he will get back home but Canary and the other birds save the day.
The exceptionally striking New York imagery makes this book stand out from the rather too sweet look that seems to bulk out children's sections in high street bookshops. Thee illustrations are vibrant with the dark greys of the buildings, the darkening snowy night with a rich purple undertone contrasting strongly with the very yellow of the kite and luminous daytime skies, and the bright pinkss and other colours of the people below.
In addition to being an exciting story of Cat's adventure across the skyline, this could be considered a contemporary take on the message of the The Lion and the Mouse with its underlying moral about how things that go around, come around - Cat was good to the birds and then they in return helped him out when he needed it. There's gentle humour too: the cat's owner thinks his puss is a lazy-bones, content to lie in the warmth but cat is dreaming of future adventures. A strikingly different book and a definite winner in our house.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was a wonderful story, and the pictures were beautiful. 9 April 1999
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When I was six in 1986, I was often read this book at school. I loved the way the pictures seemed real. And to this day when I see a caged bird I think of the singing canary in the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story -- Real New Yorker view of the Cityscape 20 Mar 2003
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This is simply a wonderful book. The story is charming and captivating. the illustrations really come to life.
What really struck me a native new yorker was how well he captured the new york cityscape. everyone has admired the ny skyline to the point that many pictures of it almost seem trite. These illustrations (such as water tanks on top of mid-level apartment buildings) capture the intimate visual details new yorkers know and love.
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood favorite 19 Mar 2014
By Jamie Johnson - Published on
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As a child, I ALWAYS checked this book out upon each visit to the library. I ordered it to read to my son and it is just as I remember. The quality of the copy ordered is amazing for its age.
5.0 out of 5 stars have wanted a copy for 20 years 30 Jun 2013
By Robyn Weinbaum - Published on
used to read this to my kids when they were little, took it out of the library over and over. the artwork, the story line, the way it captures new york are amazing. it was out of print, but now i can buy a copy to read to my grandchildren [when i have them!]
4.0 out of 5 stars Adorable Children's Book for Cat Lovers 12 Nov 2004
By Erika Sorocco - Published on
While it is an unusual match, seeing as how cats are supposed to chase birds, so is not the case with Cat and Canary. For Canary is Cat's best friend, and when their owner leaves his New York City apartment, the two friends have tons of fun and adventure. Each day Cat lets Canary out of his cage, and they head to the roof. Seeing as how Canary is able to fly, Cat wishes he can fly as well. So when he sees a tangled kite wrapped around an aerial, he can't resist, and soon Cat is flying high, and much too far away. Now it's up to Canary and a group of his friends to save Cat by bringing him back home before their owner comes back home.

I am an avid animal lover, and cats are my absolute favorite. Hence, I HAD to have CAT & CANARY. Michael Foreman has done a fantastic job of showing children what their pets do when they leave the house. Whether it's just messing things up in the house, or racing all over New York City. His wonderful illustrations make the book even better, for they bring the lovely prose to life, and really show a gorgeous view of New York City. This is an absolute must-have book for all cat lovers, or residents of New York City. You won't be disappointed.

Erika Sorocco
Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
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