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Grumpy Cat: 08/02/09
Grumpy Cat by Britta Teckentrup is one of the books in Harriet's beloved cat stories collection. It's the story of an alley cat who lives on his own and is shunned by the other cats. He's called grumpy by the others (to which Harriet always makes a "humph" sound) but he's really a lonely cat.
Grumpy Cat though isn't so much about this loner cat. It's about Kitten, a new stray to the alley who sees a trusted friend in this old cat. Grumpy Cat doesn't think he's up to parenting a kitten and does his best to avoid the kitten. Kitten though has other plans.
All of the story is told beautifully between Teckentrup's words and illustrations. Her illustrations use bold colors and simple shapes with a hint of texture. They are done in a style similar to Eric Carle and Denise Fleming (Mama Cat Has Three Kittens ) both author-illustrators.