Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 3
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? This is a sweet story about a cat who brings happiness to the neighbors on Blossom Street. The cat spends everyday visiting all the houses on the street. In each house, the cat is called by a different name, hence the title. The cat busily joins in with whatever is going on in each home, but there is one house he does not visit. A lonely old woman lives quietly in number eleven. One day she opens the door and sees the cat. She invites it in, “Hello, cat.” Days pass and the other neighbors miss the cat. Each set out looking for it and calling a different name until a little girl realizes that they are all seeking the same cat. They realize that there is only one place the cat can be – with Mrs. Murray at number eleven. They all agree that the cat has found a permanent home, but they all agree to visit. Now number eleven is not so quiet, life is very busy and Mrs. Murray and the cat like that just fine. The illustrations depict a multi-ethnic intergenerational community.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This is a lovely story to read aloud for readers who love cats. It could also be used to show how communities can come together.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 10/24/16