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Six-Dinner Sid


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Atop a wall, a sleek, bright-eyed, black feline perches beside six stacked food dishes. Moore's appealing cover art is a droll prelude to her tale of Sid, a cagey, conniving cat with a voracious appetite. Sid resides in six homes simultaneously, where he relishes ``being scratched in six different places . . . and sleeping in six different beds'' and--most importantly--devouring six daily meals. Though they are neighbors, Sid's six owners do not talk to each other, so he gets away with this duplicitous lifestyle--until he develops a nasty cough, and is taken to the same vet six times. ``When they discovered what he had been up to, Sid's owners said he had no business eating so many dinners.'' So Sid seeks out greener--more hospitable--feeding grounds. Moore's warm watercolors depict a cozy, hillside neighborhood peopled with distinctively quirky characters. Her witty text contains just enough wordplay (``as Bob he had a job'') and gentle humor to appeal to parents and children alike. This tale of multiple mischief is as clever as the cat it features. Ages 4-8. (May)

PreS-Gr 1-- In Sid's neighborhood on Aristotle Street, the residents don't talk to one another. So it's simple for Sid, a six-dinner cat, to make six different people think he belongs to them. He works hard for his suppers, with six different names and six types of behavior. But when a cough precipitates six visits to the animal hospital, he is found out by the observant vet. His owners agree to make sure he receives only one meal a day, but since Sid is six-dinner cat, he just moves to Pythagoras Place where the neighbors do talk to one another and don't mind sharing dinner with him. Moore's large, colored pencil illustrations are realistic and fill the pages. She is especially strong in portraying individualized characters in the multiethnic neighborhood and the wonderful feline playfulness and insouciance of Sid. The text is rhythmic and the plot is one that children can follow and enjoy. Moore's text and lush illustrations work together to create a book that can be shared one-on-one or with a group. Readers will be happy to have this cat come back again and again. --Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI

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