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Millions of Cats

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An old couple is lonely - if only they had a pretty white cat! The old man finds a hill covered with cats and brings them home. His wife points out that they cannot possibly keep them all. The cats get in a fight over who gets to stay, and the couple is left with a scrawny little kitten. With love, the kitten becomes the most beautiful cat in the world. This classic is as...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published September 24th 1952 by Putnam Juvenile (first published 1928)
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Oct 04, 2013 Gundula rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes picture books about animals, especially vintage picture books about animals
While I enjoyed the story itself, I did not find the illustrations all that appealing. I have never really liked black and white illustrations all that much, and the many, many cats together kind of remind me of masses of lemmings, rodents or locusts, faceless swarms of animals with no personalities or individual features (the only personable cat, in my opinion, is the little kitten left at the end, all the others are just a big mass of "catdom").

After having read some of the reviews from GR fri...more
Oh, dear... I thought I was going to absolutely adore this story based on the charming illustrations and the idea of a man who sets out to bring home a kitty for his wife, only to find that every cat he sees is just too cute to pass up so he brings home "millions of cats." However...


I thought the end was quite dreadful! Yes, even if this is a tale of the evils of vanity, it was a bit too much for all (but one) of the cats to eat one another up because each wanted to be the most beautiful...more
Creepy children's story about an old couple who long for a cat. When the old man finds the valley of cats he cannot choose the prettiest so he brings all million of them home. Where they ultimately eat each other. And the old idiots live happily ever after! WTF?
Friends, if you're like me and love watching Hoarders, and find yourself thinking, "Gosh, I wish I had a children’s book to read to my impressionable baby boy / girl that in some way would encompass everything I love about reality shows featuring tragic elderly folks with massive hoarding problems, but that also has a happy ending where the characters don’t suffer nervous breakdowns and need to be visited at home by Adult Protective Services," then I have the book for you.

Yes, it’s Millions of C...more
“Millions of Cats” is a Newberry Honor book by Wanda Gag about how a very old couple wanted to have a cat for companionship, but they end up getting a million cats as pets and they have to decide which cat to keep for themselves. “Millions of Cats” may have a gruesome solution to the couple’s problem with having so many cats, but this book is still a great book for children to read for many years.

Wanda Gag’s story is cute and creative as it details a very old couple’s desire to have a cat to car...more
Lisa Vegan
I’m shocked. I really liked this book. I read it only because it’s a selection of the Newbery book club for the Children's Books group, and I’m not participating until they get to 1953 or so (mostly because of reading time considerations; I do like the idea of reading every single Newberry and Newberry honor book), but this was an unusual Newbery selection: a short picture book.

I’ve been reading others’ comments and thought that I’d be repulsed by this book; I am not a fan of the macabre.

I've got mixed feelings about this book. It was engaging and drew me in, but at another level it was repulsive. It does show the disastrous impact of letting greed and vanity take over - and I think children can easily see that the old man collecting all those cats had no common sense. I liked the rhythmic style of the writing, and the overall "craziness" of the story.
**** Newbery Honor (1929) ****

On an early December morning in 1999, a sweet little girl named Xiana (zee-ahna) was abducted near her home while waiting for the school bus. A large manhunt was organized in the community, at first concentrating close to the little girls home, but eventually expanding out in a 25 mile diameter. Suspicions turned to close family, friends and acquaintances. Many tips and leads were followed, all resulting in nothing. Fears worsened as time passed. Eight months after...more
David Gallagher
I had a 60 minute break between classes at school, and, to kill time, I decided to go to the library and read a book short and easy enough to be able to finish it fast.

So I picked Millions of Cats. From the Children's section.

I could tell this was a vintage/classic children's book, but I wasn't sure exactly how much vintage/classic it was.


I started reading thinking, "oh, what a cute story! Such cute kittens! I wouldn't be able to pick one either!"

And a few pages later....

"WHAT. THE. FUCK?...more
Crystal Marcos
I would give it a 3.5 if that were available. I just read the book. I have to say the cover didn't really appeal to me with the orange, yellow, and black. When I started to read the story I have to say that a song popped in my head when the old man set out to get his wife a cat. I will walk 500 miles and I will walk 500 more. What length a person would go through for their loved one. I thought the story was good. But, it did not have that "I have to share this factor." The illustrations were bla...more
Because my son was born in Wanda Gág's hometown, New Ulm, MN, and we had then a family of 15 all-indoor cats, Millions of Cats was an appropriate favourite. I had to read that dang thing regularly for about eight years before he finally tired of it. "Hundreds of cats, thousands of cats" etc gets in my head like an insistent pop song, but somehow it's still fun to say.
Millions of Cats was written and illustrated by Wanda Gag. The book has minimal colors on the front cover instantly making me believe that the pictures in the book would be in some sort of color. But instead the book was just hand drawn black and white. The story is about a little old woman and a little old man who was very lonely. So the wife asked her husband if they could have a cat. The husband goes over the hills and through the trees and finds himself stumbling upon a field of cats, he end...more
Please don't tell my cat about this book, she thinks she IS the most beautiful of all!
Colby Sharp
Did all those millions of cats really eat each other??
Marissa Ramirez
I found this book overall interesting. The illustrations reminded me of the illustration style used in the middle age, maybe because of lack of color and the design of the characters and landscape. The story of a "very old man and a very old woman" and the way how they found their new kitten left me with a misgiving feeling. However, I enjoyed the use of some key phrases such as “the very old lady”, “the very old man”, “and hundreds, thousands, millions, billions, and trillions of cats”, or “"Ca...more
Sometimes when I'm weeding the shelves at work,I really want to get rid of some of the older books that my kids simply never check out, nor seem able to relate to. This is one of those books that I put on the weeded pile, then change my mine...then put it back, and then ultimately leave it on the shelves. Why? Is it that good? But I think some of these older books are good examples of what children's literature used to look like. I sometimes will use these books as examples when workin...more
I have to say, this book really surprised me. Published in 1928, "Millions of Cats" is longer/wordier than most modern picture books and the images are a little dark and folky. I thought Alana would find it boring and that she'd struggle to sit through it even once. Color me surprised after she listened intently and requested me to read it again and again! It's currently in top rotation from our stack of library books. No wonder this story is the oldest children's book continuously in
Sarah Williams
"Millions of Cats" is an cute tale about an elderly couple that is on the search for a pretty cat to help ease their loneliness. Overall it was an enjoyable story with a good moral. This book's age appropriateness is somewhat complex. The story itself is appropriate for preschool-aged children. However, I don't think the format of the writing is appropriate. For a preschool-aged child, I felt like there were too many words on each page, which can result in the child losing interest or getting bo...more
Holly Reed
While "Millions of Cats" is a humorous story that plays with rhyme, rhythm, and repetition and contains some fairly advanced vocabulary to teach readers about language, it certainly has its downsides. First of all, the design of the book is a bit scattered and complicated in that the writing is in very large chunks with an advanced layout, such as words that are separated into two lines with a hyphen; this is confusing for children just learning the nature of written language and how to follow w...more
I liked this book more than I thought I would. It's a cute story with a good "lesson".
The repetitive "Hundreds of cats, Thousands of cats, Millions and billions and trillions of cats" is great for preschoolers. My almost three year old loved it and even hushed me so he could "read" that part himself. It makes it interactive and pulls the child into the story.

I don't think it works too well as a concept book. At least not in the sense of teaching basic concepts like ABC's, numbers, or shapes. T...more
Mary Cate
Millions of Cats is a very cute story that would be a great way to share with a young reader the crucial lesson that a person's (or cat's) looks are not the most important thing about them. I loved that through the love of the very old couple, what once was homely and ugly became beautiful and was given purpose and I believe the outcome of the story would give an adult reader the ability to question a younger audience on how they could view their classmates, friends or acquaintances with respect...more
This book was really random. Just when you thought the story couldn't get any weirder; or you guessed how it would end, something bizarre would happen. I thought the relationship between the husband and wife was humorous. I'm not really sure why it was a Newbery Honor, but it was fairly entertaining. I might recommend.

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
While this book is age appropriate for many reasons, and successfully represents a children's concept book, it was a little wordy on certain pages! However, I have far more positive things to say about this book than negative! I really enjoyed how this book not only discusses positions or distance, and numbers, but it also teaches about caring for others, values and self esteem! It's filled with lessons! The fun text font and quirky story line that leaves room for imagination makes this book app...more
Oct 14, 2009 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is an old, silly story that is much like a folktale. The old man brings home lots of cats for his wife (hundreds and thousands and millions and billions and trillions). The narrative is fairly repetitive and the font and illustrations are all in black and white, like wood block prints. It's a fun story to read aloud.
Sammie Pedersen
Millions of Cats by Wanda Gág was an adorable book about a grandpa that was trying to makes his wife happy. The wife said that she would be less lonely if she had a cat. So, the grandpa went to get her the prettiest cat but came back with a million cats because he thought they were all the prettiest. Then all the cats started arguing and attacking each other until they all disappear except one. They raised the one cat that ended up being the prettiest cat of them all. This has a great lesson of...more
Being kind of a cat lady myself, obviously I LOVED this book! Since this book is intended for ages 3 to 8, I think it is appropriate for the most part but I feel like a 3 year old would have some difficulty reading this book because it has so many words per page. I feel like it makes a good concept book because it has some rhyming in it and also has cats. I think the author should have thought about making it in color though because when it talks about the different colors of the cats it would b...more
I am disappointed that we didn't actually get to see the cats eating each other. Don't they know their audience?!

Buy this title from Powell's Books.

This book is definitely "old school". If it were written today, it would have a different ending.

However, the ending did not bother me or my son because it was not graphic at all. It was pretty funny actually.
May 28, 2013 June rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cat lovers and classic requests
I remember this being read at a program at the University of Iowa while I was in graduate school. It was also a childhood favorite.
This is supposedly the oldest picture book still in print. I liked the illustration spread across the second and third page a *lot* because it shows an entire path from the old people's house, up and down hills, through trees, and finally to the hill covered in cats. But overall I think the dreadful typography needs rework; the writing is decent but not great; and the illustrative style is merely adequate.

What I would love to see is a copyright expiration, followed by many illustrators producin...more
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Wanda Hazel Gág (March 11, 1893–June 27, 1946)[1] was an American author and illustrator. She was born on March 11, 1893, in New Ulm, Minnesota. Her mother (Elisabeth Biebl) and father (Anton) were of Bohemian descent. Both parents were artists who had met in Germany. They had seven children, who all acquired some level of artistic talent. Wanda grew up the eldest of these, and despite their econo...more
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