Monday, May 16, 2016

Millions of Cats

Millions of Cats is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and BooksAMillion. You can also find videos of this book being read on Youtube which makes for a free read.

The Blurb

Once upon a time there was an old man and an old woman who were very lonely. They decided to get a cat, but when the old man went out searching, he found not one cat, but millions and billions and trillions of cats! Unable to decide which one would be the best pet, he brought them all home. How the old couple came to have just one cat to call their own is a classic tale that has been loved for generations. Winner of a Newbery Honor, this collector's edition—featuring a heavy interior stock, spot gloss and embossing on the cover, and a thread-sewn binding—will bring this beloved tale to a whole new generation of readers.

My Review
Millions of Cats by Wanda Gág
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
This 1929 Newbery Honor Book can be either hilarious or disturbing, depending on how you want to look at it.

This book assumes that old people are stupid - okay, maybe not all old people but definitely the two main characters of this book. These two probably shouldn't be living on their own anymore. They can't pick out a cat so they get "hundreds of cats, thousands of cats, millions and billions and trillions of cats" - that line, or variations of, is repeated often enough to grate one's nerves.

After they get all these cats, they don't know how to take care of the cats so the old people decide not to do anything - they hide inside their house, leaving the cats to fight it out and EAT EACH OTHER, until only one cat remains. And that is how they find their cat.

*scratches head*

Signs of elderly dementia. Animal abuse. I'm not sure I want to broach these topics with children in this manner.

On the other hand, in today's world, this book has potential, not for kids but for adults who may need help knowing when to step in with elderly parents (think Adam Mansbach's Go the F**K to Sleep).

Oh, and for those interested in extracurricular activities, Youtube has videos of this (very short) book being read to the audience.

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