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The Cinder-Eyed Cats [Paperback]

Eric Rohmann
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Nov. 13 2001
From the creator of the Caldecott Honor winner Time Flies, here’s a little boy’s journey to a tropical dream world. Magnificent oil paintings and rhyming text bring to life a mysterious island where cinder-eyed cats move like shadows, boats float above the ocean, whales fly across the dawn sky, and a parade of fish dances in the light of a campfire.

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PreSchool-Grade 2. Five tigers with staring eyes fill the book jacket, front and back, suggesting a larger-than-life story. It's a nighttime fantasy featuring a boy who climbs aboard a boat hanging in the air above a pier and sails off to faraway lands. After a wordless sequence of several pages, the text begins in blank verse and moves into rhymed couplets to recount in spare lines the child's encounter with the cinder-eyed cats and a host of fish and sea creatures that "rise up from the deep" and join a frenzied night of dancing in the air above the sand. Double-page paintings of the tropical island terrain deepen as the sunny afternoon sky and sea move through twilight and into the dark of night. The scheme of sailing off into the night and a dreamlike encounter with wild animals are certainly nothing new, but the energy and surrealism provide a well-paced adventure with intriguing moments. The boy builds a large sand fish on the beach; as he dozes against its side, its eye begins to open. The celebration of night is a cheerful melee containing visual images?a circle of dancing tigers and the tigers mounted on one another's backs?familiar from well-known stories. As the morning sun calls the fish back to the sea, it's all a bit of a well-woven pastiche, sometimes Disneyish in the drawing but often bold and rich. A bedtime piece with flair.?Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


"A beautiful book that readers will turn to again and again." — Booklist, Starred

"Rohmann’s bright-eyed cats are as mesmerizing as a vivid dream." — Publishers Weekly

"Rohmann’s magnificent oil paintings masterfully mix reality and fantasy." — Los Angeles Times

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautifully Illustrated Picture Book Jan. 6 2003
Eric Rohmann's imagination is a place I'd like to live in. His imagery is stunning in The Cinder-Eyed Cats. He has created a book that you will pick up again and again, if only to flip through the beautiful images. It will become a well-loved part of your library.
This book is a small boy's dreamlike journey to an island inhabited by the cats. He flies there in a boat and falls asleep. That's when the wonderous events begin.
You'll see flying fish, slinky cats, all revolving around and around in giddy circles. When the morning comes, the boy must return home and the cats get their rest.
Parents will have a good time reading this book to their younger children, while slightly older (5 - 8) will enjoy reading it to themselves.
Rohmann is also the creator of Time Flies, a Caldecott Honor Book, that is just as beautiful as this one.
Kimberly Pauley
YA Books Goddess @ Young Adult Books Central
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book for all ages April 11 2002
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...thoroughly enjoy the pictures and the story. The art work is fabulous. Great for any age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cats! Cats! Cats! March 30 2002
Wow...beautiful illustrations and a beautiful imagination!
I bought the book because I love cats...I couldn't say no to this book. I had also purchased, "Time Flies" for my nephew at the same time. Simply amazing. The colors and images make you want to step into the page and be with the lions on the beach! Take me!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Gorgeous Aug. 27 2001
By copro
Far and away, this is the most beautiful illustrated book I have ever owned. I look forward to saving it always to read to my children. The verse that goes along with the pictures is very sweet, but I look at this book time and again simply for the beautiful pictures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Beautiful Jan. 2 2001
This book is incredible! I bought it for several reasons, but mostly because it is so beautiful. It's written so well, and the illustrations make the words seem almost tangible. I'm a teacher, and I can tell you that it's a definite favorite of my students. My nephew adores it. This is definitely a classic that will endure the ages!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The illustrations got me . . . May 23 2000
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We (my 6-year-old, 3-year-old, 5-month old, and I)encountered this book in our doctor's waiting room. The front cover was so beautifully illustrated we had to pick it up and have a quick look. We went straight home to buy the book. It is gorgeous. Both of my older children loved the book and the baby enjoyed the illustrations. I would have bought it for myself without encouragement from my children, boats that float through the air, whales that sail through the mroning sky, and a story/poem that is beautiful, too. All around fabulous book.
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