Atticus Caticus

by Sarah Maizes (Author) Kara Kramer (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Follow a young boy's furry friend through the course of a day in an infectiously rhythmic read-aloud for cool cats of any species. Atticus Caticus, ears like a bat-tat-ticus! Snap your fingers to the beat as a boy introduces us to his beloved (and oh-so-recognizably feline) cat. Whether Atticus is lying in the sun or stealing a sip from a water glass, sharpening his nails on a favorite chair or settling in for the night on his boy's head, this cat will win your heart--and maybe inspire you to improvise a few riffs of poetry about your own animal friends.

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Publishers Weekly

Like all feline fans, a young cat owner can't get enough of a self-possessed pet's quirky ways in this book. From morning to night, the white, black-haired child sings the praises of feline Atticus in Maizes's (Once upon a Buzzbee) thoroughly authentic combination of epithet and rhyme. In phrases rendered for maximum expressiveness in a mix of typography and handwriting, the kid begins with "Atticus. Cat-icus. Rat-a-tat-tat-ticus," first beating time on a box drum, then marveling at how the cat "yawns with his whole head." Atticus has mischievous yellow eyes and black ears ("like a bat-tat-ticus"), rendered in digital art by debut illustrator Kramer, that resembles collaged paper, crayon, and tempera paints--the sort of art supplies a child would have on hand to make an extended cat valentine. And Atticus proves himself a worthy object of adoration; in fact, he's a performative puss nonpareil, zooming through the house, pouncing on a toy, and chittering to a bright red bird on the window's other side. Could Atticus be a little more reciprocal in affection? Perhaps. But he does let the child scritch his "tummy so fat-ticus!" And in cat terms, there's really no greater gift. Ages 3-7. Author's agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt. Illustrator's agent: Stephanie Fretwell-Hill, Red Fox Literary. (May)

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Review quotes

What a splendid cat(icus) is Atticus. . . Kramer's energetic illustrations have the look of scribbly colored pencil over block-printed background patterns. Their bright and silly expressiveness is an excellent match for Maizes' rollicking text, which should make for many enjoyable read-alouds. Tongue-twister-y fun celebrating the joys of being owned by a cat.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Like all feline fans, a young cat owner can't get enough of a self-possessed pet's quirky ways in this book. . . In phrases rendered for maximum expressiveness in a mix of typography and handwriting, the kid begins with "Atticus. Cat-icus. Rat-a-tat-tat-ticus," first beating time on a box drum, then marveling at how the cat "yawns with his whole head.". . . And Atticus proves himself a worthy object of adoration; in fact, he's a performative puss nonpareil, zooming through the house, pouncing on a toy, and chittering to a bright red bird on the window's other side.
—Publishers Weekly

Sarah Maizes
Sarah Maizes is an award-winning children's book author and humor writer, as well as the vice president of television at The Jim Henson Company. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, three kids, and two cats. And yes, one of them is named Atticus.

Kara Kramer has an MFA from the School for Visual Arts in New York. Atticus Caticus is her first picture book. She lives in Brooklyn.

Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781536208405
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publication date
May 20, 2021
Series
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