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Flabby Cat and Slobby Dog


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This new, quirky picture book from the award-winning duo Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross is essential reading for couch potatoes everywhere!

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Jeanne Willis is one of the most successful children's picture book authors. She also writes for television and video companies, and has two children. ony Ross has been highly acclaimed and is in great demand as a children's book illustrator. His books are published all over the world. He lives in Nottingham.


K-Gr 2-Longtime friends Flabby Cat and Slobby Dog have fallen into comfortable, lazy routines, doing nothing but eating and sleeping. When they can no longer fit on their couch, they ignore what is happening to them. And when they outgrow their house, they tell themselves that it has shrunk. They set off to find their "distant relatives," a tiger and a wolf, in hopes of living with them. The pair walks hither and yon, through cities and fields, to no avail, and food is scarce. Returning home, they spy their sleek new selves in a mirror: "For the first time in a long time, they felt really comfortable with who they were." Ross's watercolor and line cartoons depict the animals growing larger and larger, with clothes straining over their stomachs and food covering most surfaces in their home. However, the pictures may prove confusing as they are at odds with the text ("the cushions almost filled the room," etc.), and children may not understand the pair's underlying problem, and that they have slimmed down because they have gotten more exercise.-Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

The dimwitted titular hero and heroine of this story eat too much and exercise too little; when their comfy home can no longer accommodate their ever-growing girth, they decide to visit a "cunning tiger" and "wild wolf" from a TV show, in hopes that the animals might take them in ("They are our distant relatives, after all," notes Flabby Cat). Although that goal is never realized, the quest itself proves just the ticket, as its hardships transform them from out-of-shape to sleek and svelte ("When they were hungry, they had to hunt for food. So they couldn't eat and eat and eat"). Ross's watercolor cartooning displays its customary energy and wry wit, and these frequent collaborators deserve praise for being able to walk the fine line between comedy and cruelty in their portrayal of the consequences of obesity. But the book never quite escapes the clutches of didacticism. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"Toddlers can't resist Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross's uproarious tales."
"-- Daily Telegraph"

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