Written and Illustrated by Wanda Gag
Publisher: Puffin Books, 1956 (Renewed copyright--Originally published in 1926)
ISBN #: 0-14-240708-9
When a lonely old couple decide to get a cat for companionship, the man goes off in search of the perfect cat for his wife. Only to discover "hundreds of cats, thousands of cats, millions and billions and trillions of cats." When all of the cats except one fight to the end, the man returns home with the last cat left standing.
My Thoughts on This Book:
This is a book with staying power! Originally published in 1926, a quick glance at this book and it's contents would find you thinking that it would not appeal to today's children. However, after using this title for one library lesson, I'm happy to report that this book still receives enthusiastic response from young children. The repeating "millions of cats" phrase had students jumping right in after they hear it one time. Even though the illustrations are in black and white, I still had children studying them looking at all of the cats to determine which one was the "prettiest." This truly is a timeless story, that has a charming appeal which will continue to make it a favorite of children for generations to come.
From School Library Journal's "One Hundred Books That Shaped the Century": "This Newbery Honor winner is distinguished by innovative design and a strong storyteller's cadence."