In 1986, two artists—one Russian, one American—joined forces, against the odds, to tell a brand new kind of picture story.
In Here Comes the Cat!, a single mouse runs around shouting "HERE COMES THE CAT!" again and again—in both English and Russian—until everybody he knows is worried sick. Just when the tension can't get any tenser, the cat arrives... with a giant wheel of cheese! A big party breaks out and everyone—the reader included—laughs a huge laugh of relief.
Funny, whip-smart, and illustrated in mesmerizing detail, Here Comes the Cat! is a parable about fear, more relevant than ever, that follows in the great tradition of Chicken Little. McSweeney's proudly presents this deluxe new edition, complete with a fold-out dust-jacket, on the 25th anniversary of the book's conception.
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Author of the Moonbear series, Frank Asch has written in almost every category of children's literature including poetry, concept books, juvenile nonfiction, and children's novels.
Vladimir Vagin is an award-winning illustrator of more than fifty books. Originally from Russia, he moved to the U.S. in 1990.
Word is out among the mice that the cat is coming. Whether they are frightened or merely excited by the prospect is not clear from the illustrations, but the mice gather in the center of town to await the feline's arrival. Suddenly, a large cat-shaped shadow looms over them, and then the cat appears, pulling a huge wheel of cheese. The mice reward the cat with a bowl of milk and a grooming. This unique book--a collaboration between a Soviet artist and a U.S. writer/illustrator--has a simple text comprised mostly of repetitions of the phrase, "Here comes the cat!" presented in both English and Russian. Vagin's colorful, humorous illustrations include delightful details, but also several misspellings that should have been taken care of in the editing process. Nevertheless, this book turns the universal "cat vs. mouse" theme pleasantly upside down. Ages 3-5.
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