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Annie and the Wild Animals

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,099 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
When Annie's cat disappears, she attempts friendship with a variety of unsuitable woodland animals. The borders of the pages foretell the emergence of spring and the birth of kittens.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published 1985 by Houghton Mifflin Company
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Feb 24, 2009 Kathryn rated it liked it
Well... This time I actually thought Brett did a good job with illustrating cute little Annie. And, of course, the animals are great. I just thought the story was really boring and just really unbelievable. The mother cat leaves her warm home to go outside (in the snow! In a hollow tree!) to have her kittens? Bears and wolves and moose and bobcats all congregate together to eat corn cakes, with no thought of eating one another, even though the winter is harsh and food scarce? I know, I am being ...more
Oct 11, 2008 Lara's rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Parents & children 1st -4th grade
Shelves: board-books
Synopsis : When Annie's cat disappears, she attempts to find her by putting out corncakes which attract a variety of different animals. Friendships with a variety of woodland animals results.
Review : Board book format does this story and it's wonderful illustrations a bit of a disservice. When Annie's cat is no where to be found, Annie sets out to find a new friend. Thus begins the introduction of a parade of forest creatures (moose, bear, wildcat,etc)which children are sure to enjoy. Annie ha
Nov 27, 2011 Candice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sophie
Shelves: picture-books
Jan Brett's books are exquisite! You could look at each page for hours taking in the colorful and detailed main illustration as well as the clever border illustrations. This story itself is rather simple. On a cold winter's day Annie's cat, Taffy, runs away and Annie is lonely. She places a corn cake at the edge of the woods to see if a small, furry animal will come and she can tame it for a pet. But despite several attempts, all that her corn cakes attract are wild animals. The border pictures ...more
I just love Jan Brett! Her frames are my absolute favorite parts of all of her stories. This one is especially sweet! B really liked it.
May 22, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books
Lovely art.
Jul 16, 2016 Siskiyou-Suzy rated it did not like it
I appreciate Jan Brett's busy borders, and I liked the woodland creature vibe of this book. But it seems a Jan Brett book can never win me over fully.

To be honest, books where cats mysteriously have kittens sort of bother me. I understand that once upon a time this was not necessarily considered very irresponsible pet ownership, but now it certainly is very irresponsible pet ownership. I don't think children should think it is normal for a pet cat to just go off and have kittens.

It's also very i
Kacie Blakley
Nov 22, 2014 Kacie Blakley rated it it was amazing
Sweet Annie becomes very lonely when her beloved cat suddenly runs away. So she decides she will find a nice little animal from the woods and tame it to become her new companion. After making a bunch of corn cakes and seeing only big scary animals, Annie realizes that she is not going to be able to make friends with another animal. But what happens after all the snow melts and spring begins?
Although it is one of Jan Brett's older books, this story doesn't fail to excite me. She always finds a wa
Ana Grubac  (LibrariAna)
A cute winter story ideal for Jan Brett's fans.
Annie was lonely because her cat had disappeared. She baked corn cakes and placed them outside in an attempt to attract a small animal she would tame for a pet. The next morning the corn cake was gone, but Annie got a big surprise when she saw which animal ate it. It was a moose! The following morning a wildcat showed up as well... , followed by many other wild animals.

While the plot is a little far fetched and not realistic (a cat leaving a warm
Erma Talamante
Feb 11, 2015 Erma Talamante rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-s, 2015
Annie's best friend is her cat, but when her cat starts acting strangely, then disappears into the woods completely, Annie is left alone and sad. She decides to lure herself a new animal friend by making corn cakes and leaving them near the woods. But what comes out is not what she expects.

The story is sweet and simple, but the real beauty lies in the borders around the pages that hint of the upcoming pages. Tiny figures reminiscent of woodcuts adorn the border of each richly done main image, m
Karen Witzler
Apr 16, 2015 Karen Witzler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
My daughter's favorite; she loved moving through the winter with Annie, the wild animals, the cats, and the forest. Beautifully detailed illustrations.
Rosa Cline
Jun 09, 2015 Rosa Cline rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, winter
As in all of Ms Brett's books they are all nicely written but also the illustrations are fabulous and just adds to the storyline because if you watch and look on each page the illustrations around the edges of each page tell a story within the story without saying any words. Lots to look at on each page but not 'overwhelming' to the senses either. The little girl in the story loves her cat, but one day Fluffy runs off so she sets out to find another pet. So she sets out food in the woods and get ...more
Katelynn Carroll
Mar 03, 2015 Katelynn Carroll rated it it was amazing
I though this book was really cute and I will for sure be reading it to my students. I think that it is a great story with a good message about how we should always be grateful for what we have instead of looking for something better. The whole time I was reading this book I was thinking about the statement "The grass is always greener on the other side" sometimes it seems like that but it really isn't. Like Annie in the story was looking for a new pet because her cat was getting boring, we ofte ...more
Nicholas Linsk
Apr 28, 2014 Nicholas Linsk rated it it was amazing
This book is about a little girl named Annie who is extremely lonely. Her cat Taffy also disappeared. The illustrations throughout the book are full detail and color. She uses bright colors in all of her illustrations. The wonders of the forest and the seasons are clearly evident in the background throughout the story. The borders on each page show what is going to happen next in the story. The pattern she used on the boarders are consistent throughout the book. Brett does a great job how she in ...more
Meg McGregor
One of my favorite Jan Brett books. It is about a little girl named
Annie whose cat, Taffy, disappears for a few days in the winter.

When she does come back, Taffy brings with her several surprises.

Sure to delight any little one, this book is one an adult can spend hours perusing as well. The illustrations are nothing less than exceptional!

And in this special edition, you can actually send this book through the mail, to your favorite friend. Let someone else become enchanted with reading and the
May 28, 2014 Fibersian rated it it was amazing
THis was the first Jan Brett book I read. This is a rich story about a little girl whose cat runs away. She leaves food outside to attract a new pet. A series of wild animals come instead of a good pet. Of course all ends well - read it to find out.

This a wonderful book that embodies the best of Jan Brett. The story is told simply. The main illustrations are beautiful. Much of the story is told in the borders. This is a great book for dialectic reading. Talk and ask questions about all of the in
I liked this book okay, but it's not really to my taste. The illustrations were definitely very artistic, though. They were also drawn very realistically. I can appreciate the book for the piece of art it is, but my rating reflects my own feelings/opinions, hence my relatively low three-star rating.

The story itself was engaging, but again not really to my taste. I don't understand why Annie was living on her own, and putting corn cakes out to try and attract a new animal to make a pet seemed qui
Mar 12, 2014 Josi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: march
The illustrations were beautiful and I loved the intricate bordering around each page. The writing was fun as well with Annie trying to find a new pet and bringing all the wild animals home, it made me think of stories my dad used to tell me about him bringing pockets full of Garter Snakes home and losing them all in the laundry room. I just wonder what Annie's mother thought of having those animals in her yard, haha I know my grandma wasn't very impressed!
Jill Wolf
Mar 26, 2016 Jill Wolf rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Picture Book #4
This book is about a girl named Annie who was worried because her cat, Taffy, wasn't acting "normal." Taffy ended up running away, so Annie decided to make corn cakes to set by the woods to attract her next pet. After many days of trying, she realized that wild animals are too big, scary, and mean to tame. After spring came, the animals went back into the woods to find food. Taffy came out of the woods with three little kittens. Annie now knew why Taffy was acting weird and has m
I am being a Stuffy Grown-Up Adult about this one, but let's look at what we have here: little girl has cat, cat leaves in the middle of winter for woods, girl is like "welp, looks like I need a new pet 'cause that one's not coming back," so she proceeds to use up all of her food to attract wild animals.

Then the cat comes back with kittens and she's not alone anymore yay.

Illustrations are gorgeous, but the story doesn't… quite make sense.
Joleene Libby
Jun 24, 2015 Joleene Libby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edu-511, animals, winter
Annie's cat, Taffy, is acting very unusual. She doesn't want to play, she eats more and all she wants to do is sleep. One day, Annie discovers that Taffy is gone. Annie decides she needs a new pet and tries to lure one from the forest with corn cakes but things don't go quite as she planned.

Best Line-
"She imagined that a small, furry animal would come and she would tame him for a pet."

Lesson Ideas-prediction, inferring, connections
Feb 16, 2013 Allison rated it it was amazing
This is a story about Annie and her cat. In the first couple pages Annie's cat runs away and she becomes really lonely. In an attempt to find a new companion she leaves corn muffins on the edges of the forest in hopes of finding an animal she can keep. Instead, she is met with large wild animals unfit for living in her cabin. These animals become dependent on her muffins and approach her home looking for more but Annie runs out of corn muffins. When she starts to think she will be along forever ...more
Traci Bold
Jun 27, 2015 Traci Bold rated it it was amazing
Jan Brett never disappoints with her use of hide and seek illustrations and thoughtful prose for her picture books. 'Annie and the Wild Animals' is a thoughtful picture book about a young girl whose cat runs away and she tries to find a new furry friend to keep her company. Her quest brings her new friends, but not of the kind she wants.

Published by HMH Books for Young Readers.

Dec 03, 2013 Klarissa added it
Shelves: t-l-307
Annie’s cat Taffy is acting weird and ends up leaving one night to go into the woods. Once Annie figures out that Taffy is gone she tries to find a new friend. Annie leaves corn cakes at the edge of the woods to hopefully attract a new friend. The only animals that come to eat the corn cakes are those that seem to be grumpy, big, or mean. Finding a new friend seems pointless but then towards the end of the winter Taffy comes back with three small kittens. Taffy was acting odd in the beginning to ...more
Kaylyn Bud
Mar 04, 2015 Kaylyn Bud rated it really liked it
This book is beautifully illustrated! Such a cute story about a little girl getting to know different wild animals. I love how there is a little surprise at the end with her cat and why her cat had been acting oddly the whole week.
Mar 12, 2014 Devane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: march
This is a really fun book that I think helps children with predicting out comes. I got to read this with a group of third graders and they really loved it and the illustrations were fun for them guessing what was going to happen next.
Jan 07, 2016 Alexandra rated it really liked it
Jan Brett nostalgia fest. I had no idea she featured so heavily in my childhood. This book was a lifestyle aspiration of mine for a long while. To live alone in a cabin, surrounded by snow and animals? Hells yeah.
Dec 17, 2015 Kaye rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I love Jan Brett's art work. I have several of her books. The illustrations are by far the "star" of the show. They are simply delightful!
Dec 14, 2015 Juliet rated it really liked it
This book was cute. I really enjoyed the illustration and all of the wild animals that Annie finds while she tries to replace her poor lost cat.
Mar 19, 2015 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-2015
I love Jan Brett. The illustrations are so beautiful. We love to make up side stories about what's going on in the border illustrations after we finish the written story.
Ms Threlkeld
Sep 23, 2014 Ms Threlkeld rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
The story wasn't particularly interesting and the ending was predictable. The best thing about the book is the illustrations.
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With over thirty three million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.
As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I reme
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