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Volume VI Number 16 . . . . April 14, 2000
Mr. McGratt looked at the cat. Something told him that the days of pear-pecking starlings, newspaper-shredding dogs and pumpkin-smashing kids were over.Thus begins a solid relationship between pet and owner, as an ornery cat proves his worth to a doubting Mr. McGratt. Mr. McGratt is one of those people who resist having pets right to the very end, only to realize they wanted that very pet all along. He keeps on giving the ornery stray cat away, but the neighbours keep bringing him back because of his ornery ways. Finally, Mr. McGratt realizes that the cat's presence is not a nuisance. Instead, the cat chases away the nuisances that bother him.
This is a fun story about how people (and animals) become friends and learn to tolerate and appreciate each other. Martine Gourbault has created humorous coloured pencil drawings to accompany the story, with a feline that is definitely ornery-looking, but has kitten appeal when he needs to.
Children and adults will identify with the characters in this story and cheer at the happy ending.
Harriet Zaidman is a teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.
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