Climbing trees, playing with wool …Matilda is sure her cat will love these things, but he doesn’t seem very enthusiastic. Undaunted, she thinks up new ways to amuse her reluctant playmate. Tea parties? Dressing up? Or what about a nice bike ride? As the beleagured cat goes from nonplussed to terrified, Matilda gets more and more frustrated. After all, what use is a pet if it doesn’t want to play? An insightful, fond and funny look at the relationship between a little girl and her cat, this is sure to strike a chord with anyone who’s ever been a devoted pet owner.
From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1–The day Matilda put on her cat suit and made mischief of one kind and another, her aloof and rather skittish feline just said, “No.” Despite the child’s best efforts, Matilda is unable to engage her pet in playing with wool or boxes, climbing trees, or riding bikes. After a failed tea party, drawing session, and bedtime story, the youngster takes off her cat suit and gets ready for bed and finally captures the tabby’s attention. The energetic watercolor artwork is pure Gravett, with plenty of visual jokes and with characters–girl and cat–who express their feelings with every fiber of their being. For every overly exuberant youngster who has ever attempted to win the affections of a feline, this picture book offers reassurances that the friendship bond will most like occur but perhaps not on the child’s timetable.–Luann Toth, School Library Journal –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.