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Book Title: Hi, Cat!|
The author of the book: Ezra Jack Keats
Edition: Viking Books for Young Readers
Date of issue: June 1st 1999
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Reader ratings: 3.1
ISBN 13: 9780670885466
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 472 KB
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Now I do indeed realise that Hi, Cat! is an award winner, but frankly, I have not really enjoyed either the narrative or the accompanying illustrations overmuch. And while author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats' pictorial renderings of Archie, the cat he salutes and which then follows him around wreaking havoc, the neighbourhood (as well as his friends and companions) are for the most part expressive and descriptive enough (although I would also never even remotely consider them as personal aesthetic favourites), the text of Hi, Cat! feels a trifle strange and confusing (and also truly not all that interesting at least to and for me on a personal level, as I was kind of expecting and hoping for a bit more actual narrative regarding the cat that is following young Archie around, and really, the only times the offending feline is even mentioned within the actual textual framework of Hi, Cat! is right at the beginning of the book, when Archie greets it and causes the cat to follow him and then right at the end of Hi, Cat! when Archie complains to both Peter and then to his mother about how the cat's antics have sabotaged his street clowning performance attempts).
And while I do understand that the cat in question is in fact present in almost all of the illustrations featured in Hi, Cat! (and I guess that readers could therefore also make up their own stories, their own narratives), I for one would much rather have read more printed words, more of an author conceptualised and penned text about the cat's specific antics and how it manages to so completely sabotage Archie's day of hanging out with his friends, his playacting and fun. Two stars for Hi, Cat!, as while I definitely have in no way despised the book, I have also not really in any way liked my reading experience all that much (feeling rather disappointed and at best only mildly amused).
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Long before multicultural characters and themes were fashionable, Ezra Jack Keats crossed social boundaries by being the first American picture-book maker to give the black child a central place in children’s literature.
In the books that Keats wrote and illustrated, he used his special artistic techniques to portray his subjects in a unique manner. One of these was his blending of gouache with collage. Gouache is an opaque watercolor mixed with a gum that produces an oil-like glaze.
The characters in Keats’ books come from the community around him. Many of his stories illustrate family life, the simple pleasures and more complex problems, that a child often encounters in his daily routine. To create his books, Keats drew upon his own childhood experiences, from having to flee from bullies to taking a ribbing from his pals for liking girls. But these are also the experiences of almost all children growing up in neighborhoods and communities in many parts of the world. This commonality explains the continuing popularity of Keats’ books and characters.
By the time of Keats’ death following a heart attack in 1983, Keats had illustrated over eighty-five books for children, and written and illustrated twenty-four children’s classics.
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