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Cat-Cat: 11/20/22

Cat-Cat

Cat-Cat by Gertrude Hevener Gibson (1970) is a book I happened upon while trying (and failing) to help someone find a book they enjoyed as a kid in the 1990s. Although the book had nothing to do with the search parameters (beyond being about a cat), I knew I would love it and got myself a copy via Etsy.

The titular cat lives on C St which he thinks spells Cat. It's his home. He lives with a family of four but he's too interested in the fish and the bird who also live there.

Fed up with Cat-Cat, the father insists the cat has to sleep in the garage. The family complies and the illustration shows the family in a parade, taking Cat-Cat's things out of the kitchen.

Cat-Cat, presumably also frustrated, runs away. Although, if he were like my childhood cats that sometimes got sent to the garage, he was probably hiding in the rafters or similar. Regardless, dad has a change of heart and admits to both liking the cat and missing him.

The book ends with a solution for the fish and bird stalking. It's one that again rang true. The let's assume grandma will take them, combined with the garage scene, really clicked with my childhood. Since the book is three years older than I am, clearly we are products of the same era.

Five stars

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