Overview / 简介:
|At the start of Lakin's (Don't Forget) appealing story, Clarence, a pacifist cat, gets evicted from Sam's deli: "Clarence stuck to his principles. He would not hurt mice." When he finally finds a new home at the library and the inevitable mouse arrives, Clarence eats the mousetrap cheese and builds barricades of books to keep the mouse at bay. Nothing works until Clarence leaps to save the mouse from the broom-wielding librarian, lands with a "big fat belly flop right on the copy machine glass," and photocopies of Clarence's terrified face scare the mouse away. Like sketchy caricatures, Manders's (First-Base Hero) action sequences and characters seem ready-made for animation, and when the spindly-legged Clarence sees the photocopy of himself as "a huge black cat with bulging legs, an enormous tummy, and whiskers that stuck out like arrows," the visual joke has wry resonance. While the library pictured in the book (patterned after a branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh) is curiously bland (title-less books of a uniform color fill the shelves), book lovers will find the picture of Clarence and the librarian nestled together in a comfy window seat a satisfying parting view. Ages 4-8.|
From Organization / 国外机构评价:
|Grade 1-3-Clarence is supposed to help catch the mice in the deli in which he lives with his parents. However, since he can't "bear to harm another living creature," he is banished from the store. He tries to find a home elsewhere, but is thrown out when the owners discover that he is no mouser. The feline slinks sadly down the street and wonders if he will ever find a home. He finally curls up by the door of the local library, where the librarian takes pity on him and invites him in. Clarence loves it there because he is kept "well read, well fed, and well petted," but especially because there are no mice. He sits on top of the copy machine so often that Mr. Spanner calls him Copy Cat. Then, one winter day a mouse shows up for storytime. Readers will sympathize with poor Clarence and root for him as he battles with the rodent and finds a solution to his problem. Manders's appealing, full-color illustrations are lively and full of fun. Tall and skinny Clarence has a black coat and bulging yellow eyes, and is particularly comical when he stuffs his face with cheese or sits primly on the copier. Children will laugh out loud as they follow his adventures.
Foreign Customer Review / 国外客户评价:
|Poor Clarence! He doesn't want to hurt a living thing, but his refusal to kill mice gets him thrown out on the streets. By chance he is found by a kindly librarian who takes him in and gives him the most wonderful home he has ever known. Clarence is supremely happy. And then... MICE show up at the library! And his new friend expects Clarence to do something about them! Will Clarence get tossed out in the street again? Or will he go against his heart and kill a mouse?
This is a lovely, well-written story aimed at children age 5 and up. Older kids would enjoy deciding what Clarence should do and/or examining his principles. Clarence's no-kill credo is not presented as being didactic-- just a personal decision. In other words, this isn't a book that is going to tell kids they need to be vegans. The focus is on Clarence's particular situation. The illustrations are just perfect for the story: Clarence is a thin, nervous looking cat, rather shabby; but the vibrant background colors make all seem hopeful. Clarence has a definite place in my heart and on my bookshelf.
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