It's Like This, Cat
It’s New York in the 1960s, and Dave is fed up with his pop. He leaves their apartment in a huff, per usual, and goes to visit Kate, the "crazy" cat lady who seems saner than Pop. While he sips tea with Kate, he meets a stray tom cat and decides to take him home. Dave’s friendship with Cat is born, and Cat leads him into all kinds of trouble, introducing him to new friends and experiences along the way. This Newbery Award winner offers a delightful picture of life as a teenager in the big city during the 1960s. The engaging story is told in a humorous and down-to-earth way, and features dramatic black and white illustrations. 180 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel E.
After another fight with Pop, 14-year-old Dave storms out of their apartment and nearly gets hit by a car. Kate, the local cat lady, comes to the rescue, and Dave returns home with an ally: Cat, the stray tom that becomes Dave's confidante andhis key to new friendships and experiences. Cat inadvertently leads Dave to Tom, a troubled 19-year-old who needs help, and Mary, a shy girl who opens Dave's eyes and ears to music and theater. Even the Cat-related confrontations with Pop take on a new spirit, with less shouting and more understanding.
It's Like This, Cat offers a vivid tour of New York City in the 1960s. From the genteel environs of Gramercy Park to a bohemian corner of Coney Island, the atmospheric journey is punctuated by stickball games, pastrami sandwiches, and a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. Recounted with humor, a remarkably realistic teenage voice, and Emil Weiss's pitch-perfect illustrations, this 1964 Newbery Award-winning tale recaptures the excitement and challenges of growing up in the big city.
Reprint of the Harper & Row, New York, 1963 edition.