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Millions of Cats

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  13,261 ratings  ·  460 reviews
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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Gundula
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
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Kathryn
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...

SPOILER

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
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Miriam
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?
Monica!
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
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Ronyell
“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
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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.

However
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Karol
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.
Robert
**** 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
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Janni
A cautionary tale about the danger of relocating wildlife.

An old man removes an entire population of cats from their native ecosystem, only to discover he lacks the knowledge and resources to care for them on his own. When the cats grow hungry he offers them each a mouthful of grass, unaware that these obligate carnivores cannot subsist on such a diet. "What are you doing?" the old woman he lives with cries when she sees the cats, aware, as he is not, of how unsuited the creatures are for their
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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
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.

A LOT.

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?
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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
Brixton
Because my son was born in Wanda Gag'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. ...more
Maryruth
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
Kecia
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??
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
Nelda
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? Uh....no. 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
Suza
Acabo de leérselo todo a Mao, y le encantó. Es un librito precioso.
Lynley
"Once upon a time there was a very old man and a very old woman. They lived in a nice clean house which had flowers all around it, except where the door was."

This fable-like story, which won a Newbery Honor Award, reminds me of other stories in which a childless old man and woman wish for a baby-replacement (e.g. Urikohime of Japan). In this case the old couple decide to get themselves a cat. The old man sets out and finds a hill covered in cats. He falls in love with all of them, and takes them
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Natasha
I found this book to be very charming. This book in some way represents a goodhearted man who does not find a single cat to be more beautiful than the rest so he decides to take them all. And in response, his wife and him must make a decision on which one they will keep by asking them which is the most beautiful. Then they all say they are causing them all to fight. This to me represents the concept of being vain and thinking that you are better than everyone else. It causes a fight between all ...more
Jonathan Mills
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Kim
We got this book because my daughter needed to find a Newberry Honor or Award Winner for a book report. We didn't realize this was a short picture book until we got it. This is written like an old folk tale. It's all black and white and the words seem handwritten as opposed to typed. The pictures aren't that cute, but they are decent. It's about an old man and old woman who are lonely so the man sets out to find a cat for his wife.

**SPOILERS AHEAD**

Well he finds millions and trillions of cats a
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Valentin Eni
Prima carte cu ilustraţii apărută în SUA. Ilustraţiile sunt neobişnuite şi mi-au plăcut. Dar însăşi povestea e foarte stranie. De ce abia la bătrîneţe şi-au dat seama moşul cu baba că sunt singuri şi au nevoie de cineva?
De ce a hotărât baba că vrea anume o pisică? Ce căutau acele sute şi mii şi milioane şi miliarde de pisici pe dealul unde le-a găsit moşul? De unde s-au luat, cum au putut trăi pînă atunci şi de ce erau adunate toate una lîngă alta? De ce, totuşi, nu a putut moşul să aleagă doar
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Mitchell Wade
I loved the illustrations in this book. From the very beginning to the very end of the book the illustrations fit perfectly together with the text. Most of the pictures ran through the gutter of the book and used the majority of the whitespace on the page which was very visually appealing. Also, the author used very clever rhyming and repetition to build up suspense for the plot which I liked. For example, the phrase, "Hundreds of cats, thousands of cats, millions and billions and trillions of c ...more
Stacie Robison
I really enjoyed reading this book. I think it could be used with preschoolers, however there are a lot of words on the pages that may be a little overwhelming. They could cause the preschoolers to lose focus on the book and what is being read. It is good that there is some repetition in the book to make it more preschooler friendly. I think that it could be considered a concept book with the theme of beauty is not the ultimate way to happiness as a lesson. The cat that is not considered the pre ...more
Allison Murray
While this book did have some good elements, I do not think it is a suitable book for preschoolers. There is quite a bit of text on each page, and I think preschoolers would have a difficult time paying attention to the story. This book is probably more suitable for older children with longer attention spans. The pictures in this book are all drawn in black and white, and without color, younger children might think they are "too plain" and not find interest in them. I would not consider this the ...more
Heather
Although somewhat short in length, this book plays with some very big moral concepts for life. The first page, which describes the elderly couple and sets a humble tone, introduces the difference between worldly possessions and emotions. For example, the man and wife own a beautiful home with lots of flowers, but still find themselves to be lonely. This could be a good conversation starter with children about happiness, and whether or not material things will provide it. Gág also plays with idea ...more
Kermit
3.4 stars

When I was an elementary school librarian, I saw this book on the shelves about a zillion times---and never happened to read it. It was a Newbery Honor book in 1929.

It started out okay, and I was picturing myself reading it to groups of K-3 students. It has a nice repetitive rhythm to it with the phrase "hundreds and thousands and millions and billions and trillions of cats" used throughout. An old man sets out on a journey to find a cat for his wife and encounters all those cats. He ca
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~Miss PeachBelle's Reviews~

My my, what to do when you stumble across
"hundreds of cats,
thousands of cats,
millions of cats,
billions and trillions of cats!"


Millions of Cats is a very cute book and I was really surprised to learn that it's the oldest American picture book that's in print still. The artistic style of the it gave me the feel that it was contemporary just with a vintage twist. Knowing that it was written in the 20's made me think differently about it. This would be good to show and read to children and th

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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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