It's Like This, Cat

It's Like This, Cat

Book - 1991
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A teenage boy in New York City gets himself a cat, instead of a dog, simply to irritate his father, but then he comes to realize that a parent is a person too.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTrophy, c1991
ISBN: 9780064400732
0064400735
Branch Call Number: J NE Newbery
Characteristics: 172 p. ; 20 cm

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samzbrown
Feb 24, 2020

1964 Newbery Medal - I really enjoyed this book. It may have been a contemporary story when it was written, but it definitely reads more as historical fiction now.
This book is a series of episodic tales of a year in the life of a 14 year old boy living in New York City. I liked the way some of the tales had big stories and some were just everyday happenings - very similar to everyday life for kids even now. I'm not sure that kids today would enjoy reading this story - it may not have enough action/adventure/romance to grab them.

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sarriola
Jul 01, 2019

“It’s like this, cat” is an amazing novel about a teenage boy named Dave who gets a cat from his next door neighbor, Kate. Dave names his cat, Cat. Cat becomes Dave’s best friend, and Dave takes him everywhere, including outings with his friends!
I enjoyed this book very much. The plot makes you want to keep reading, because there are many questions about Dave’s friends that he wants answered. The book is also realistic, having themes like relationships with parents, and making new friends, which many readers can relate to. I think that all communities will find that this book will land on their list of favorites!

-EB

IndyPL_SteveB Mar 01, 2019

This is New York City around 1959-1960, before the world changed. Dave Mitchell is an 8th grader with a bicycle and a great subway system. He can travel to Coney Island or the Bronx with almost no trepidation. He has a contentious relationship with his grumpy lawyer father (who later turns out to be a lot more caring than he lets on). He is good friends with Kate next door, whom people call the “crazy old cat lady”. After an argument with his father, Dave adopts one of Kate’s tom cats and his life is changed. The cat becomes simply “Cat.” Through Cat, Dave becomes friends with college drop-out and trouble-maker Tom and meets his first girl-friend, Mary. The story kind of meanders around pleasantly with a minimal plot, but enjoyable still.

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