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Beaumont, Karen

Pretty Kitty

(3) PS Illustrated by Stephanie Laberis. A chance encounter between an elderly man and a stray cat begins this cumulative tale in verse. Despite the narrator's refrain "I do not want a kitty cat," he relents when it begins to snow and winds up with not the one, but ten cats. (His reluctance is revealed to be grief over a lost feline friend.) The text paces the sweet story well with consistent rhyme and rhythm, and the expressive, cartoonlike illustrations use panels and speech bubbles to great effect.

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