The Cinder-Eyed Cats Paperback – Nov 13 2001
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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
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"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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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.
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If you love this book, I bet you will like "Animalia" by Graeme Base. You may also enjoy Jan Brett's "The Owl and the Pussycat" or her book, "The Mitten". As far as other wonderful facial expressions check out, Audrey and Don Wood's "Quick as a Cricket".
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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...thoroughly enjoy the pictures and the story. The art work is fabulous. Great for any age.Published on April 11 2002
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2001 by copro
I have given this book to a number of my relatives and friends' children, and every one has loved it, most especially for the incredible illustrations. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 1999 by H. Connelly
What a fabulous combination of lofty imagination and exquisite illustrations! A must see for kids and adults alike.Published on April 16 1999