illustrated by Karl Swanson
Putnam Juvenile, 1991
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ABOUT THE BOOK
One moonless night, a thin gray cat watched from the bushes as the Peeble family packed up their belongings and stole away, leaving her behind. Days came and went, and no one returned. But the gray cat stayed close to the house, sleeping on the empty porch. Because home was home. And that was that.
But soon a strange truck arrived. Joe the builder and his son Brian began work to transform the rickety, ramshackle house into a cozy new home. They didn’t notice the gray cat at first, and she hid in secret, watching. She wasn’t about to give up her home, but maybe, just maybe, she’d share it.
“The story is told in a fresh, lucid style that effectively dramatizes the familiar situation; Swanson’s soft full-color art, reflecting the shadows and evening light in which the cat conceals herself, extends the quietly poignant tone.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Rather dark hued, realistic, and meticulous full- or double-page colored-pencil drawings with inset text create a warm setting for this story of abandonment and compassion. Homebody, as the cat is finally named, is sleek, independent, and characteristically catlike in both textual and visual portrayal. A good choice for reading aloud and discussing the story’s message of concern.” (Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NE, School Library Journal)