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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  259 ratings  ·  77 reviews
From cuddler to troublemaker, kitten to tom, cats have a lot to say. Authors Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest and illustrator Barry Moser give voice to and celebrate our most opinionated furry friends in this spirited collection of poems filled with rich language, perfect for reading aloud. Cat Talk is sure to make readers wonder what their own four-legged ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Paintings of cats - by Barry Moser. Poems - by the MacLachans. What's not to love? Well, for starters, the fact that the lovely long-haired cat isn't necessarily a she, and isn't necessarily vain. I'd rather we'd get introduced to real cats rather than stereotypical icons of our projected perceptions.

Well, to be fair, sometimes we do: mama Bett has good names for her kittens as she wishes humans would be more observant to their true natures and not just their coloring.

You might like it more tha
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I requested this from the library for reasons that amuse me, but are far too convoluted to explain. But because I happened to have it on hand, I went ahead and read it aloud to my son. We both enjoyed it. The poems are fun to read aloud (more than they would be to read to oneself, I think), and the water color portraits, presumably of real cats the mother/daughter author team knows (or knew, sigh), are lovely. Afterwords, we decided which of the cats we would adopt, and we both chose Romeo.
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Barry Moser Fans / Young Cat Lovers
Thirteen poems about various cats from co-authors Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest are paired with watercolor paintings of said felines in this sweet picture-book. Each two-page spread features a different cat (and cat breed), from the loving Romeo to the motherly Bett.

The chief appeal of this slight picture-book, for this reader, was Moser's delightful paintings, which really capture the feline charm of his subjects, in their various delightful poses. The poems themselves were p
Nancy Kotkin
Text: 3 stars
Illustrations: 3 stars

Picture book of poetry about cats. Specific cats are given names and personalities (like Tough Tom). Cat lovers will probably enjoy this more than I do.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I assumed that the authors of this book based their poems on cats they knew and owned, but, according to the dust jacket flap, they both own dogs. So where did they find these interesting felines? My absolute favorite poem is "Bett," in which a mama cat tells us what she would name her kittens as opposed to what humans would name them. It reminded me of my own mama cats. "Romeo" made me think of the cats I've had in the past who practically velcro themselves to me--skirt kitties, my sister and I ...more
Lynn  Davidson
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A gorgeous book - both in cats with their individual personalities and stories, and the fabulous illustrations.
Jun 26, 2015 added it
Shelves: twin-texts
Twin Text

Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes
By Eric Litwin
Published 2010

Rationale for Twin Texts Selection

These books share the genre picture books for children about cats. The first book is poems about different cats and their characteristics. It describes their essence and way of life. The other book is a fictional story about a cat. The book is about keeping a bright outlook on life, and teaching students the importance of staying positive. It is a fun and easy read to go along with the h
I recently found this book at my library. Co-authored by Patricia MacLachlan and her daughter, Emily MacLachlan Charest, and illustrated by Barry Moser, you'll find delightful pages, each with a lovely image of a particular cat and poetic text that describes its special personality. For those who love cats, this would make a wonderful gift, and for those who teach, I can imagine having students use this example to spark their own poems about a particular favorite pet, not necessarily a cat.
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Cuddle-some to Troublesome!

From the cutest to the most troublesome kittens, cats and toms, “Cat Talk” features furry friendly poems for children to read. Authors MacLachlan captures the many “cat” personalities in 13 different poems. Written with a gentle flow or words, these poems are told in first person and delightfully easy to read.

Meet “Tough Tom” who walks into a window with his nose scratched and ear torn up from a street fight with cats. He is cold and hungry and scared but he takes a ch
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This is a gorgeous picture book. The only thing which kept me from giving it a fifth star is that I am not sure of the intended audience. Some of the poetry seems aimed at the adults reading it, rather than to the kids for whom it seems to be formatted.
For kids familiar with cats, or for parents of kids in a family with cats, this will be a treasure for the illustrations.
Think of this as a modern reply to Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats and you won't be far off. Each pair of pages describes
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am not sure why that particular illustration was chosen for the cover--it is not the strongest out of the book, so don't let it deter you. Overall, I think the poems and illustrations will appeal to cat lovers of all ages. They poems and illustratoins are not sappy or insipid, nor are they catty (ok, maybe I mean snarky) and repulsive. Rather, cats are depicted as they truly are: individualistic furry souls with a lot of personality. ...more
Stacey Kahler
Jul 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: bes-june
Comparing this book to the one the author did on dogs really hurt this book. The dog poetry book was something special and a bit magical, but the cat one just can't compare to it. It also doesn't help that I'm not a cat person! ...more
Heather McC
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
My favorite cat featured in this celebratory book of prose is 'Peony' - she could be the size twin of my Norwegian Forest cat, Trinity. It's hard to declare a favorite among such great felines, each with their own personal quirks and tastes. Once again, you don't have to enjoy cats to read 'Cat Talk'. ...more
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love the poetry and illustrations in this book!
Marg Corjay
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Expressive illustrations of many different varieties of cats bring the poems to life in this fun book.
Kim Frank
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: seeking-truth
What the frick did I just read? lol. :)
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I will buying this awesome book. A must have for any animal or especially cat lover!
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-poetry
I;m not a cat person, but I enjoyed these poems, the personalities of the cats shine through. I especially liked the first poem, Tough Tom.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, picture-books
Beautiful pictures and sweet little poems about cats. The children liked it.
Jenna Neumeister
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cat Talk is a poetry book. It is intended for children from four to eight years of age. In this book the cats talk to the reader. The cats are talking about their life as a cat. They are explaining what they are going through and how they are feeling. I rated this book a four. I gave it four stars because I enjoyed the illustrations. The paintings really capture the cats and show the variety of them. I liked that the cats are given names and personalities. It helps the children relate to the cat ...more
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ages range from four to eight
Cat Talk is a children’s poetry book with beautiful illustrations. There are 13 poems in this book, and all poems are told by 13 different cats’ viewpoints. All of the cats in the book are very unique, and they find their meaning in humans’ lives.
In this book, readers can also find typical cats’ habits and characters. For example, cats prefer to sleep somewhere warm and comfortable such as in a mitten box, in bedclothes, on fluffy clothing, and on a copy machine. Furthermore, this book describe
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So, I asked what we are going to read next, and my 8 year old grandson shoves this book at me after he had informed me that he had already read it, wanted it for the next read-aloud, and thought I would like it. So with a cat trying to get on top of the book, and the other two making themselves scarce, I did my best to figure how each of these should be read.

Each of the poems features a particular cat, and each cat is a unique character. So, kneading our black and white "Smacky" to keep him occ
Margaret Chind
Loving the Sarah, Plain and Tall stories from my childhood I was curious what I would find in a picture book from Patricia MacLachlan and I'm enchanted. This book reminds me partially of the cat portion in the Our Animal Friends At Maple Hill Farm book. Each page is an image of a cat and poetic text in a description. It is absolutely lovely and full of personality. Yes I do think this ail make a fun children's picture book, but even more I think this will be a fabulous gift idea for anyone that ...more
I liked this better than I thought, since I am not a cat person. The poems were simple yet conveyed sentiments and personalities very well. I was able to imagine these cats exactly, even though I've never been around cats for that long. My favorite part was probably the illustrations, though. So adorable and perfectly captured the cats and what the poems were saying. Should reach a god audience. I may have to consider this for a preschool storytime choice, since I must remember that even though ...more
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
A lovely collection of cat poetry with glorious paintings. It's a lovely companion to Once I Ate a Pie and I Didn't Do It. These poems don't have quite the same humor, though cat owners and lovers will certainly connect with the various cats and kittens described in the book. ...more
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
These poems are clearly by a felineophile! So true for those of us who live with cats. The opening poem about Tough Tom was so on target for me. We had a battered old tom who slowly worked his way into our home and hearts just like this poem. I loved the next one too of the cat who slides under the blankets with the sleeping kids. Lovely illustrations and poems by someone who knows and loves cats.
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
A perfectly lovely book, with Barry Moser's gorgeous watercolor illustrations, and Patricia MacLachlanpoems, which are by turns funny and touching -- sometimes both at once.

Most suitable for school aged children, but great for people of any age who like cats, or beautiful illustrations.
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a wonderful collection of poetry about cats that humorously depicts the myriad personalities of cats. The poems are short and witty and the illustrations are marvelous. It totally reminded me of the classic book, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. We really enjoyed reading this book together and we've read it a couple of times. ...more
Melissa Mcavoy
A felinophile's dream: 13 beautiful watercolor portraits of cats are accompanied by a poem that reveals their personalities. I am no cat fan, and had initially given this three stars, but up-ed my rating knowing that cat fanciers will be over the moon. The poems effectively convey the character of each cat and the regard it is held in, but it is clear that the artistry of the poems is not the focus. ...more
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Patrica MachLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest have cleverly captured the essence of thirteen distinctive cat personalities in their free verse poems. With his realistic, expressive paintings Barry Moser enhances and extends their words.

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Patricia MacLachlan was born on the prairie, and to this day carries a small bag of prairie dirt with her wherever she goes to remind her of what she knew first. She is the author of many well-loved novels and picture books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal; its sequels, Skylark and Caleb's Story; and Three Names, illustrated by Mike Wimmer. She lives in western Massach ...more

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