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Pizza Kittens [Paperback]

Charlotte Voake
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2 Jun 2003
Lucy, Bert and Joe don't want fish-fingers for their tea - they want pizza. And they certainly don't want lettuce or peas! Mum and Dad are fed up of the mess and fuss that accompanies mealtimes. They want their kittens to sit down, eat up and behave. But however well-meaning the kittens may be, can they manage to have the perfect family meal? With characteristic energy and expression, Charlotte Voake has explored a new bold and colourful style to illustrate this funny story, portraying brilliantly the dynamics of family mealtimes with young children.

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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd; New edition edition (2 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744598109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744598100
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 22.4 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 633,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* "A tremendously entertaining picture book about family meal chaos." TES Primary * "A funny and lively story. Voake's... illustrations are lively and energetic and her cats are full of humour and character." The Good Book Guide * "A cosy scene of family life which rings very much true to life." Junior

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Charlotte Voake is one of the most acclaimed contemporary children's book illustrators and has been shortlisted for the Kurt Maschler Award a total of four times. Her picture book Ginger won the 1997 Smarties Book Prize Gold Award, and her other books include Tom's Cat; First Things First (shortlisted for the Smarties Book Award); Mrs Goose's Baby (shortlisted for the Best Book for Babies Award); The Very Best of Aesop's Fables (shortlisted for the Kurt Maschler Award); Amy Said; the Read and Wonder title Caterpillar Butterfly (shortlisted for the Kurt Maschler Award); Mr Davies and the Baby; Here Comes the Train! and Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep. She is married with two children and lives in Surrey.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lasting appeal 20 Oct 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My two boys, age 8 and 6 have loved this book for ages. We have borrowed it from the library for the last year at least and on my last visit I was told due to its huge popularity it had fallen apart.
It is a great book that children readily identify with and the illustrations are hillarious. I would highly recommend it and I imagine that it would appeal to a wide audience, girls and boys aged 3 years to 9 years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab for fussy eaters. From 3+ 11 Dec 2007
Format:Paperback
This is basically a very entertaining book about family meal chaos. My sons loved it and it certainly brings a wry smile to my face too. Simple bold illustrations and easy to read text. Mum and Dad want the perfect family meal but that's not going to happen with these kittens. "Oh no, not lettuce" they cried, "we all HATE lettuce" Purrfect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whimsical yet realistic, honest yet caring and tender 3 Sep 2002
By J. Walker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a WONDERFUL book, full of compassion and humor. If you don't like cats, don't let that stop you from reading this book! The illustrations are artful and appropriately madcap, capturing exactly the mood of the mealtime exploits of the family. Bright colors and expressiveness draw you into the story. And it is a story to which all families can relate: Kids can be trouble at the dinner table. The author helps us see that they don't mean any true harm or are not out to spite their parents; they are kids being kids.
What I loved most about the book is the fact that, after an initial dinner disaster (where parent and kitten ideas of what's good for dinner are as different as night and day) -- and it IS a disaster -- the kittens are not scolded or severely punished; instead, they are apologetic and everyone agrees to try again. The next time around compromise is used, and the result, while not a page from Better Homes & Gardens, is, as Bert the kitten says: "ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!" The key: It's not truly "perfect" in that everyone behaves and whatnot, but that everyone is satisfied with the outcome.
This book communicates love, tenderness and caring. The author does a wonderful job of showing us how we can relate to each other -- whether as family members or as neighbors or as strangers -- in a way full of respect and love. It is the willingness to try again despite trying circumstances that arises out of love that comes shining through in this wonderful picture book. And adults, check out the telling humorous details such as the LARGE ketchup bottle, or the color of the drink in Bert's glass at the end of the book (it too signals compromise). Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is OUR family! 1 May 2003
By A. Truong - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I checked this book from my public library without knowing what it was. It is now one of my two-year old's favorite bedtime books!
What I find most endearing about this book is how it captures the essence of the modern family: Chaotic dinnertime, picky eaters, the lure of TV & fast food, and Dad's failed attempts at making a traditional dinner. The compromise is everybody's favorite: pizza!
If you are a modern family you will see a bit of your own selves and your children in this whimsical book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The kittens create even more chaos 5 Aug 2002
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Lucy, Joe and Bert want pizza for dinner and their parents just want peace and quiet: can they all enjoy a meal at the same table? When father decides to cook, his food turns out great but the kittens create even more chaos when they face foods they don't like. Pizza Kittens is a fun story!
1.0 out of 5 stars one of the worst stories I've seen 29 Sep 2013
By themagnificent - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This story was very poorly composed. The kittens don't like their dinner, and coincidentally, they make a huge mess at the table. So the next night the parents make pizza, which is their favorite. Then the story ends. I don't understand. Should picky eaters be rewarded? Should parents who are having difficulty with children sitting still at the dinner table just give up and have pizza for dinner every night? I'm so glad this was a library book, because I'd be mad if I'd spent any money on it.
5.0 out of 5 stars A day in the life of any family. 25 Jun 2013
By McCoffeeDad - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I picked up this book from the local library not knowing what to expect. Pizza + Kittens seemed like a safe bet for bedtime reading for youngsters.

Pizza Kittens takes place over three consecutive days at the dinner table, and the chaos and conversations could have been lifted from our very home. I found the lack of a fantastical story to be refreshing, and I think my kids actually enjoyed it all the more because it took place in a very recognizable setting: kids being kids and parents trying to put some order around a very busy dinner table.

Fun illustrations and excellent story telling make Pizza Kittens an easy recommendation for youngsters and parents.
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