The Grand Escape
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From Publishers Weekly
The droll escapades of two cat brothers who leave the safe and cozy confines of their home in search of adventure will readily enchant ailurophiles--and perhaps even convert aficionados of things canine. Marco and Polo are the beloved pets of the Neals, a well-meaning couple whose only fault is their reluctance to let the twin tabbies explore the great outdoors. Inspired by his single illicit visit to the backyard, as well as his gloriously muddled dreams of life on a ranch (gleaned from reading the newspaper lining his litter box), Marco convinces his brother to accompany him in his break for freedom. Once outside, the intrepid felines discover the joys of a Burger King dumpster and make the acquaintance of the winsome cat Carlotta and the territorial tom known as Texas Jake, "The King, The Boss, The Cat Supreme." This sunny and boisterous novel is not an allegory in the style of Watership Down or The Rescuers , but an uncomplicated romp starring two captivating kitties. As a lagniappe, reliable nuggets of pet lore are scattered throughout: e.g., never leave string and rubber-bands around for kitty to swallow. Brimming with quirky cat character (and an obvious knowledge of the breed), Daniel's true-to-type illustrations are an added delight. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Kirkus Reviews
They've always been indoor cats, but a taste of freedom sets Marco (indolent but smart--he can read) to scheming; he and Polo (livelier, with a penchant for eating stringy things like spaghetti and ribbon) sneak out of the Neals' comfortable house to make new friends and perform, with spunk and ingenuity, the initiation tasks imposed by the tom who presides over the garbage back of the fast-food place. Naylor, an amused observer of her own cats, characterizes these two with insight and wit, endowing them with believably catlike thoughts, comical misconceptions based on their limited experience, and appealing individuality. Aside from the quests, their behavior is entertainingly realistic--including a retreat home when the food supply is closed out; and though there are now two feisty territorial kittens there, the Neals welcome their old pets back with the recognition that they'll be ``indoor-outdoor'' cats henceforth. An unusually engaging animal adventure, with plenty of sharply observed, action-filled illustrations. (Fiction. 8-12) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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During the icy blue days of winter and the spongy green mornings of spring and the steamy white heat of a summer afternoon, Marco had not especially wanted. Read the first page
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Top Customer Reviews
The Grand Escape is probably geared to younger readers like the 6-10 crowd. It was a cute story idea, kind of like the things you see in Disney movies, but I think that's what it should of been: a Disney movie. Probably an okay thing to read to your six year old sister but other than that, not something you would want to read on your own time.
I gave it two stars because of the fact that it was supposedly supposed to be for preteen readers -- I disagree -- and the fact that it seemed a little too happy and fluffy, again so much like a Disney movie.
Recomendations: Shiloh, it's by the same author and might be able to fit into the preteen catagory . . . then again maybe not. I didn't really like it but if you liked the Grand Escape you probably would like it.
*** A delightful tale that is perfect for a child's first chapter book. Great for ages 8 - 14. Here is one that will be read and reread many times, and never to be forgotten! ***
I think the best part of the book was when Marco and Polo desided they wanted to run away to the open outdoors. And when they get in the outdoors they have no clue where to go.
I think the characters were very cute. And they thought they knew everything, except for Polo, he was so domb he was cute. And the setting was okay. The setting was at first they were home in their cossy beds, and then they were out in the wild,on their own,and in the wild.
Most recent customer reviews
The Grand Escape is a great book and very funny. I am 9 years old and I live in Ohio. I got this book from Amazon. The day I got it, I started reading it. It was hilarious!Published on March 25 2004
I am an elementary school library media specialist and read this book aloud to children of all ages. We all love it! Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2001
I read this aloud to my children (ages 11 & 8) and found myself laughing aloud. The author's imaginings of how cats might view the world are hilarious and original. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2001 by MaryJ44319
My name is Morgan and I am in fifth grade. I thought this book was the best book ever, especially if you like cats! Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2000
I loved this book. If you love cats, mysteries, and excitment this is the book for you. Marco and Polo make you really think about Do cats really talk? Can they communicate? Read morePublished on Sept. 28 1999
This story was very cute. If you love reading books involving animals get this one. These cats adventure keep you at the age of your seat. Read morePublished on Sept. 26 1999
It is great. I read it for batlel of the books program at my school it's great every one will like it.Published on Feb. 8 1999