[Monday Reading] Kitty Stories for Crazy Cat Readers, Part 1 of 2

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading

Fats here.

It’s Monday, What are You Reading is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers (new host of Monday reading: Kathryn T at Book Date). Since two of our friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have been joining this meme for quite awhile now, we thought of joining this warm and inviting community.

When I was browsing titles for our current theme, I didn’t realize I reserved so many cat-related books until they were made available for pick up. I am in the middle of getting stuff organized in our new place so I will make this post short and sweet. Below are two cat books set in Europe that are perfect for cat lovers.


mr0724aZat Cat! A Haute Couture Tail

Written and illustrated by Chesley McLaren
Published by Scholastic Press (2002)
ISBN-10: 0439273161
ISBN-13: 978-0439273169
Copy borrowed from Hudson Library & Historical Society.

Zat Cat! tells the life-changing story of a scruffy kitty who strayed away from his Parisian home and ended up in a fashion runway. Talk about catwalk! With fun, rhyming details and “Faux French,” Chesley McLaren takes readers on a glamorous adventure through Paris, where fashion (clearly) is passion.

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This book was inspired by Chesley McLaren’s very own charming feline, Monsieur Etoile. It’s a cute story of clothing disaster turned fashion sensation that would appeal even to young readers.

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mr0724dMadeline and the Cats of Rome

Written and illustrated by John Bemelmans Marciano
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers (2008)
ISBN-10: 0670062979
ISBN-13: 978-0670062973
Copy borrowed from the Wayne County Public Library.

A couple of months ago, I purchased the Madeline Treasury from Barnes & Noble. It features the original stories by Ludwig Bemelmans. In 2012, I featured Madeline for Perfect Picture Book Friday. Today, I’m happy to share Madeline and the Cats of Rome, which was created by Ludwig’s grandson, John Marciano.

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In this book, Miss Clavel and the girls decide to go on a “sunscapade” by celebrating spring in Rome, away from gloomy Paris. Told in the same style and spirit of the original Madeline books, John Marciano highlights the beauty and majesty of Rome in the springtime. Like other Madeline books, feisty little Madeline gets caught in a dilemma involving a camera, a mischievous little girl, and a whole lot of cats. Needless to say, this book is super fun to read!

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Currently Reading…

I’ve been busy with moving and organizing our new apartment, so reading has slowed down a bit. I am hoping to finish The Rabbi’s Cat this weekend. It’s a graphic novel that I would recommend to anyone who likes wit, humor, and philosophy.

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  1. The Rabbi’s Cat sounds good, and those others, ooh la la! The first one looks so much like illustrations of long ago, and the Madeleine one is a new one to me. What fun, Fats. Thanks for each. I wonder if I’ll be able to find them at my library!

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  2. Oooh! I’ve never heard of Madeline and the Cats of Rome! I need to check that book out! Great set of books you got!

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  3. Chesley McLaren’s illustrations in Zat Cat! A Haute Couture Tail are just adorable! I think if I had just picked up Madeline and the Cats of Rome without knowing it was new, I would never have known the difference.

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  4. A new-ish Madeline? And with cats?!?! How has this not yet entered my life!! 🙂

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  5. Zat Cat and The Rabbi’s Cat are both on my wishlist. I’ve read the Madeline book. Stage one of the move is complete. We’re out of our house and now we’re trying to get it ready to put on the market. Come see what I’m reading.

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  6. […] Monday, I shared Chesley McLaren’s Zat Cat! and John Marciano’s Madeline and the Cats of Rome. Today, I have three more kid books to […]

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