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"The thoughts, feelings, and activities of an adolescent boy in contemporary New York City, perceptively revealed in a skillfully written narrative."--Booklist. "Superb--the best junior novel I've ever read about big-city life."--The New York Times. 1964 Newbery Medal; ALA Notable Children's Books 1940-1970....

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it s like this cat Reviews

  • Wendy
    2019-07-16 20:47

    I resisted reading this book, because I retain a childhood prejudice against books with male narrators, and I still don't really like kids' books about animals. (It's not really THAT much about animals.) But I forced myself to read a chapter, and then another chapter, and then realized I was actually enjoying it!...It's kind of a strange book for a Newbery winner--it skews quite a bit older than most, for one thing, and it doesn't have a typical structure--although maybe that's what caught the committee's eye. It strikes me as being really Sixties.If you love New York books, well, here you go... this is one of the New Yorkiest of New York books I've read.

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-07-15 20:47

    This is one of the most inspiring middle-grade fiction novels I've ever read. First published in 1969, It's Like This, Cat has a cat in it, but the story isn't about just a cat. It's about a boy who learns the value of friendship and how to understand his dysfunctional family even when he doesn't want to.

  • Duane
    2019-06-26 18:46

    Winner of the 1964 Newbery Medal.It's not your typical children's story; it has a grown up feel to it. It's set in New York City in the mid 20th century, back when parents let their young kids roam all over, seemingly without worry. It's the story of young Davey and his formerly stray cat named Cat. His tales of urban adventures are actually quite entertaining. And it's a good look back at New York City as it was in the 60's.

  • doug bowman
    2019-06-29 19:45

    Like finding twenty bucks in a pair of pants, I was elated when I came across a free copy of “It’s Like This Cat, by Emily Neville. It is one of those elemental books from my childhood, which had kind of recessed in my memory.I read this novel when I was in 5th or 6th grade and I was very much aware that its themes were more mature and real-world than the sports books that made up most of my reading. This book really helped turn me into a more discerning reader, and even at that early age, I could start to evaluate a work and appreciate it for its stylistic choices. The New York City setting was fascinatingly vivid to me; and the protagonist’s first glimmerings of attraction to girls paralleled my own shifting thoughts.However, that isn’t the only significance that “It’s Like This Cat” has for me. I have always felt that there are certain books that evoke a very specific time and place and I distinctly remember another time that I read it, sometime in the middle school years. I was having a radical mastoidectomy at Johns Hopkins, and was in the hospital for at least a week. One afternoon, a few days after the surgery, we were allowed to go to this little bookroom that they had in the pediatric ward. My roommate was a young black child, maybe seven, who was extremely shy and had few visitors. I remember he took my hand as we shuffled down the hallway and I found a copy of this wonderful book. I re-read it twice over the next couple of days. I know that my Aunt Anna, who came and sat with me quite a few times that week, and I would talk about him, worrying because he had no visitors.Anyway, that said, I have embedded a link to the book and hope you will read it. I teach ninth grade English, and I am curious if the book still holds up.

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    2019-07-23 12:47

    First recent read: I can see why this book confused me as a child...a New York apartment setting (do people live in apartments? why don't they have a house?) eighteenyear old boy who is homeless (where are the boy's parents?)...young teenagers who wander around a big city (isn't that dangerous?)...a girl whose mother is a beatnik (what in the world is that?) This world was totally outside of my experiences as a ten year old girl in small town Texas.Second recent read: Dave and his dad fight all the time and Dave’s mother gets sick. Dave brings home a cat who he appropriately names Cat. Cat helps Dave meet Tom and Mary and binds Dave and his parents into a real family. I can remember reading this book when I was a young girl. I remember being confused about people who live in apartments (people do that?) and hearing a dad and his son argue all the time (a son is talking back to his dad and surviving?). I remember thinking Tom was an odd duck, a boy who was ignored by his family (does that really happen?) And the lingo the people speak, especially the young people, a dialect and vocabulary so different from my Texas lingo….This book took me right out of my little small-town world.

  • Stacy268
    2019-07-04 13:28

    "My father is always talking about how a dog can be very educational for a boy. This is one reason I got a cat." (p.1) So starts the story of NYC kid and resident wise guy Dave Mitchell. It's 1963 and Dave is just hanging around the neighborhood, negotiating friendships and trying to stay out of trouble.But trouble seems to find him. First comes the big tom cat that Dave gets from the local cat lady. "Aunt Kate" takes in all kinds of cats, and some of the kids make fun of her, but Dave likes to go over to her house when things with his father get tense. Kate might be a little odd with her cats, cottage cheese and fruit, but Dave knows that she's a good listener when he needs one most. Dave names the cat "Cat" and brings him home even though he knows that Pop will have something to say about it.Dave is also growing apart from his best friend Nick. Even before the summer gets into full swing, Dave and Nick are duking it out on the sidewalk over a couple of girls who they met at Coney Island.Then there's Tom. A thief on a dare who Dave meets while hunting down Cat.In this 1960s slice of life story, readers get a real sense of NYC at the time. The tension between the traditional father and jazz loving son is palpable, as is the blooming romance between Dave and his friend Mary. Dave gets a sense that maybe his life and problems aren't so tough. Part of growing up might just be looking beyond yourself.Reading this was a real pleasure for me. I love NYC history, and my little Staten Island neighborhood has a bit of a cameo in this story! Familiar places out of time wrapped in a good story. Delightful.(I have an original hardcover from the 60s, thank goodness. The cover featured here is pretty bad!)

  • Ann
    2019-07-01 18:29

    Holy smokes, this book is dated! It's a nostalgic, but not cloying story of a 14 year old boy, his parents, neighbors, and friends. The cat is basically a prop to get the story going. For modern kids it will sound like historical fiction - record players? Harry Belafonte? Beatniks? People who think that spaying/neutering their pets is cruel? But it's a quick read and older elementary age readers should enjoy it.

  • Greta is Erikasbuddy
    2019-07-02 19:19

    Alright Alright Alright... this book is dated. Like 51 years old! But you know what? I really liked it!It's about a 14 year old boy named David.If this book was written today... David would be 17 years old, one parent would be out of the picture, and he'd be a misunderstood rich kid.BAH!!In this book, David acts like a normal kid, likes to make friends, has a cat because his neighbor is a cat lady and he thought the cat was cool, he likes to listen to records, and he fights with his Dad.Now, if this was written today.. that means that the cat lady would be his mom or something, the cat wouldn't be a cat but some homeless girl he's hiding in his room, he'd sneak out to go to punk concerts, and the fights with his Dad would be with fists and not words... or maybe he'd have to spend the night in jail.Have you noticed that today's books have a lot of freaking drama?That is why this book was such a breath of fresh air to read. Sure, like I said.. it's dated... but we still watch old movies for a reason. They're classic!! I really liked the idea of Cat. Cat's name is Cat. It was like when my friend named her dog D-O-G. When you say those letter's it sounds like DEoGe. And I was like "What a cool name for a dog! HOw did you come up with it?" And my friend laughs her ass off at me and asks how you spell 'dog'.Cat isn't the main star of the book like I told you. So, if you think you are going to read a book mainly about a cat... you aren't. But the cat gets everything going. It's also about New York City life back in the 60s which I found mega interesting. I don't know much about that time because when this book was written my parents were 4 years old.Anyways... I totes recommend this book to kids 10 years and older. It's a old book so everything is A-Ok. But I will warn you. There is a kinda not so much but you might want to consider it... scene about a kitten who gets stepped on and dies. I was like "OMG!!" but it's real... and only a couple of paragraphs. I don't think it will scar your kid but you're gonna get questions about it. These are things you normally don't want to talk about with kids.But besides that... it's a great book!

  • Benji Martin
    2019-06-24 17:45

    It’s like this cat has the best opening line of any Newbery I’ve read so far, even the famous ‘Dark and stormy” line from Wrinkle in Time. “My father is always talking about how a dog can be very educational for a boy. This is one reason I got a cat.” Genius, right? I knew right then that I was going to enjoy this one,and I did. I really related to Dave. I too grew up in a house with an attorney father who liked to argue. Luckily, I had a brother who did most of the arguing back. The tone was irreverent, which was enjoyable, and a little refreshing after the last two overly religious novels.Content-wise it’s probably the most YA Newbery winner up to this point. There was even one spot, I could see a parent complaining about if I sent it home with a student. (There was a song on one of Dave’s records about the birds and the bees.) Even mentioning the birds and the bees in an elementary novel runs a risk of parent complaint.Anyways, I liked it.

  • Lee Peckover
    2019-07-10 15:22

    Honestly, I wanted to love this book. I really did. I wanted it to be like a 'Catcher in the Rye' for a slightly younger audience. I had heard it was that kind of style with a narrator that had a bit of edge but in a book now slightly dated.The book sounded perfect for the topic our year 5 children do on America and modern history.The book opens really well.. 'My father is always talking about how a dog can be very educational for a boy.This is one reason I got a cat.' really is a fantastic opening line and one I think will stick with me. And it has elements that could be used in class to discuss America/New York city life in recent history.However, our narrator here is no Holden Caulfield and the book does not live up to its dazzling opening gambit. I might dip in and out of this for certain parts, but overall I'd say it has not aged brilliantly, and the narrative isn't strong enough to compensate.

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-07-19 19:43

    I first read this book when I was 10 years old and on a train ride from California to New York. Interesting children’s coming of age novel written first person by a 14 year old New York city boy (who becomes attached to a stray cat – hence the title of the book). Accurate descriptions of New York city of the early 1960s. It was unusual for me to enjoy a book with a male protagonist back then, but I loved this book. What I remember most, was how the boy, Dave, would make cold spaghetti sandwiches for breakfast; I’d never heard of such a thing but I then went through a stage of making and enjoying them myself. Wonderful illustrations too.

  • Sophia Cha
    2019-06-27 15:25

    it was fun to see how someones relationship with a cat was developed even though his dad wanted him to get a dog

  • NebraskaIcebergs
    2019-07-03 13:41

    Many years I used to own It's Like This, Cat by Emily Neville. Then I gave my copy to my younger brother. Yet I have never forgotten it. When I recently saw it at a library book sale, I immediately grabbed a copy. Upon rereading it, I was surprised at how undramatic the story and how average the main character is compared to many of today's books. Yet I still love the book.The main character is fourteen-year-old Dave. His life is peopled with his parents, an eccentric cat lady neighbor named Kate, a couple friends, and eventually a girlfriend. Oh, and then there's cat. He's a stray that sometimes visited Kate to whom Dave gave a permanent home partly to spite his dad who prefers dogs.I found it refreshing to read a book that is just about a nice boy and his life in New York, especially about a boy who is nice and good and fun but still has moods, shows attitude, and makes mistakes. I also appreciated reading about a cat and especially one who stays put throughout the book. So many stories about pets and their owners are about either dogs or about animals who are separated from their owner and now must make the long treacherous journey home. Okay, there is one chapter where Cat escapes from the family's car during their road trip, but this chapter ends up being more about how to avoid bullies and why parents should listen to their children than about a valiant pet.In a sense, this book could have been set in anywhere. The themes explored are universal. In another sense, this book belongs in New York with its apartment complexes, subways, traffic jams, homeless people.... I like the story both for its themes and its sense of place.This book is foremost about relationships ... and change. I am a sucker for these books, especially done with humor and morals intact. Dave and his dad fight. Dave's mom has asthma attacks when they do. Dave befriends Tom, who stole on a dare. He also meets Mary, but before he is ready to date. The lives of all these individuals of different ages gently interwine to tell a tale of gradual change. That every one of the significant characters are basically decent people doing the best they can is part of the charm of It's Like This, Cat.

  • Lauren
    2019-07-07 18:39

    What was it about this book that made me avoid it when I was 9 or 10 years old? Was I afraid that the presence of an animal's name in the title (truly, the cat is named "Cat") meant a certain death for said animal by the end of the book? Did I shy away from it because it had a boy narrator? I so wish I could put this in the hands of 10-year-old me, because I'm pretty sure it would have been one of her / my favorite books ever. I enjoyed it very much when I read it (in one sitting) last weekend, but reading it in 2009 instead of 1989 just didn't seem right.It's the story of Dave Mitchell, 14-year-old New York City kid, dealing with a strained relationship with his father, his fascination with street kid and small-time crook Tom, his dissolving friendship with buddy Nick, and his first sorta-relationship with a girl. And he's got a cat, Cat, who doesn't figure into the story as much as the title would have you believe, although Cat does wind up being the catalyst (sorry) for some of Dave's encounters with new people. Many of the chapters could be self-contained short stories, but they weave together into a very satisfying narrative, as well.The book is set in Manhattan and surrounding areas and is full of good, New Yorky detail. (Dave and his sorta-girlfriend even head over to Broadway one afternoon to catch a matinee of my favorite musical, West Side Story. It gets 10 favorite-book points for that alone.) It's Like This, Cat is heavy on character voice and relationships and Dave's opinions and observations of people. It is, I suppose, low on premise. Most of my all-time favorite books have this in common. "High concept" and I don't meet for a chat very often.My getting this book from the library was borne out of guilt from being halfway through Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom and realizing I had read very, very few of the novels Nordstrom edited while at Harper. I'm so glad I delved into them (and so ashamed it took me so long). I'll have to pick up my own copy of Cat because I'm sorry to have to take the musty hardcover I have back to the library.

  • Ayse
    2019-07-24 16:46

    ~Anything a cat does, he does only when he wants to. I like that. ~This is a book about a teenage boy who is learning about himself and the world, and the complexities of being human. He adopts a stray cat (or more like gets adopted by the Cat, which has a character that reminded me of James Dean). The story goes on in and around NY, before the terrorist attacks, the cyber-xyz, a time when people rode bikes and had real friends instead of tablets. Lovely book.My son and I read this together sometimes out loud, sometimes passing the book between us every few chapters. We both enjoyed it.

  • Patti's Book Nook
    2019-07-12 18:37

    I'm usually the sentimental, gushy cat memoir type. This is a straightforward, coming-of-age story about a boy and his pet cat set in late 1950's New York. The book reads like a love letter to the city, as well as an ode to a bygone era- complete with terms like golly, stickball, being sore at someone, and 30 cent coke mentions. The illustrations are delightful, and the language makes you long for black and white TV and movies. Also, it's one more novel about cats that confirms their general air of condescension towards us. However, we humans keep on loving them just the same, quirks and all (well, most of us:-).Again, this book is definitely a snapshot of a time period. It's so dated that little can be found of current relevance. It's still enjoyable, but the nostalgia held most of the charm. If you're interested in traveling back in time for a charming, quiet story about the everyday life of a teenager, I think this would suffice. Not quite as memorable as I'd hoped, but it was a quick, easy pick following a reading slump.

  • Laura
    2019-07-16 20:38

    I really enjoyed this 1964 Newbery winner, though I don't think I would actually recommend it to students. Dave Mitchell, a teen growing up in New York, adopts a scrappy tomcat despite his overbearing father's objections. The cat has a few adventures and leads Dave to meet Tom, a young man facing his own family challenges. Dave also tromps through New York, visiting Coney Island, traveling downtown to help a girl, and visiting parks throughout the city. Kate, an eccentric cat-loving neighbor, ties together Dave, his family, cats, and learning about life. There is a sense of freedom and exploration that so few of today's children and teens get to experience. This book is definitely for older readers -- Dave has teenage, versus kid, problems and strikes up a sweet first relationship with a girl. And **spoiler alert** Cat does not die! The worst thing that happens to Cat is that, in an effort to calm his tomcat behavior, Dave takes him to be neutered.

  • Kat Kinch
    2019-07-10 19:29

    I think I get why this has a Newbery Award. The writing has a very strong voice throughout, while it stayed far away from giving us homophones for their acccents, the way the writing was done you could hear it in their tone, it rang true. The story itself seems kind of unlikely. Maybe growing up Midwestern in the 90's wasn't the same as New York City in the 60's but it felt very off. For one, nobody kept to themselves, everybody was in everybody else's business which resolved things nicely, but didn't quite ring true. Maybe I'm just jaded. I think part of it felt more like a glossing over of the 60's than an honest retelling of it. Granted, this was before Vietnam, but I don't think the country was that wide-eyed and innocent.Granted, this book was written in the 60's so the requirements for Young Adult fiction were quite different back then, so maybe things were nudged a little in a certain direction. Either way, I had mixed feelings about it.

  • LobsterQuadrille
    2019-07-24 15:21

    I think this is a difficult book to classify and to review. It mostly reads like a low-key middle-grade book, but there is at least one part that I think would upset a lot of children, and probably even some older readers(view spoiler)[(oh no, that poor little kitten!) (hide spoiler)]. It's Like This, Cat is one of those animal books that use the animal mostly as a catalyst(no pun intended) for some change of circumstance or perspective in the protagonist's life. This adds to the low-key, slice-of-life feel of the book. At times, Dave's narrative voice seemed to get a bit dull, and some parts were just depressing.Still, I thought this was a pretty good book. The almost-romance subplot was done very nicely and most of the characters were fairly likable. It does have a very believable feel to it and doesn't feel the need to try to throw in an incongruously dramatic ending just for the sake of it. I'm not sure if I would ever re-read it, but I certainly don't regret trying it out.

  • Mary
    2019-06-29 14:46

    This was a very enjoyable little book. I don't understand how anyone could complain of this book's "datedness". In fact, when I read in some reviews that it was dated it just made me want to read it even more. And after I was finished reading it (it was a very quick read) I just wanted to be a teen in early '60s NYC. Unlike some of the other reviews, I was not thrown by much. I didn't think the lingo or action of the characters were too out-of-date for kids to understand. It's pretty straight-forward. The only think I wouldn't have known was the different locations around the city, which of course I really am not familiar with as an adult, except by name, now so that makes little difference. It's a fun story without being over dramatized and without getting boring. I can see myself enjoying this book as a tween or teen and would readily recommend this book to a kid of that age who isn't looking for a hyped-up adventure type teen or YA book.

  • Oleg Kagan
    2019-07-10 14:39

    Though It's Like This, Cat took place at an earlier time (with appropriately dated lingo and ideas), its appeals are very much similar to current tween coming-of-age novels. Dave Mitchell deals with his parents, friends, girls, and growing up not unlike kids do today. While the story may seem a little naive to today's teen (unlike so many YA novels today, there are no eating disorders, drugs, murder, or vampires), young Dave's adventures with Cat the cat carry all the trappings of teenage angst found in today's teens. I liked the book and polished it off in a few hours. Twilight fans may find it tame, but the tweens who enjoy more straight-edge stories will find it an entertaining diversion.

  • Ed
    2019-07-04 18:23

    I enjoyed this YA title when it was published in 1963, or thereabouts, and I've been hankering to reread it if just for sentimental reasons. Ever do that? You want to revisit a book of your tender youth. Silly, right? Anyway. IT'S LIKE THIS, CAT all these years (decades, actually) later holds up pretty well. Of course the calling from pay phones is a relic of the past. But the storyline is solid enough. The fourteen-year-old boy in NYC befriending a tomcat (named Cat) still resonates. The characters are sharply drawn. The boy's awakening interest in girls is touching. And Cat's mannerisms are spot on. So, if you're scouting for a good book for a YA reader, this might be the right one despite it's setting in the early 1960s.

  • Debbie Tanner
    2019-07-13 18:33

    This was the Newbery award winner in 1964 because it was so fresh and new but today it reads like historical fiction. For today's kids, the vocabulary would be difficult (mostly the usage). Our kids would have no idea why the characters have to communicate via postcards, even though they live in the same city. Some of the themes still stand up (misunderstood kids and parents, friendship and loyalty) but it was hard for me to understand parts of the storyline and I have some background knowledge of that time (ok I was born in 1962). Wouldn't really recommend it unless you were doing some kind of a study of the 1960s.

  • Linda Lipko
    2019-07-12 16:35

    Continuing my quest to read all Newbery medal and honor books, I pulled this one off my book shelf. A 1964 Newbery Medal winner that frankly leaves me mystified at the process of how and who selects the winners.This is a story of David who lives in New York City and adopts a cat. On the surface it appears to be a story of an animal that changed the lives of those with whom it contacted. Below the surface, there appears to be many randomly sprinkled subplots of characters and events. It is indeed as fluffy as the cat!Ugh, I just cannot connect with this book at all. Not recommended.

  • Karen
    2019-06-29 19:45

    I read this years ago (as a kid), and I watched a booktube video that mentioned this book. I remembered that I really liked it. So, I read it again, and the story held up for me as an adult.

  • Mer Mendoza
    2019-07-13 20:22

    This is a book that I have read easily half a dozen times or more. I regularly checked it out from the elementary school library, because it was “about” a cat, which was my basic minimum requirement for enjoying anything at that age. I hadn’t even given the book any real thought in maybe fifteen years now, when something reminded me of it and I decided it was time to revisit this story. It’s one of those books that I know, without any doubt, that if I had owned my own copy of it as a child it would have been beaten up and bruised and maybe a little water-damaged from reading in the bath. I loved it a lot. Somehow, it wasn’t mine and I lived with the yellowed pages of the library copy; I can almost smell its slightly stale pages. Maybe it was out of print or hard to find, I really can’t remember.I ordered myself a new copy off of amazon maybe a year or two ago; it doesn’t have the same feel as the old library hardcover and it doesn’t have the same sketched illustration on the cover that pulls the old nostalgia strings. I didn’t read it. It filtered back away from the periphery of my memory and I mostly forgot about it again. Recently, something made me think of it. I looked it up online and saw that, for some reason, the book is in the public domain and accessible online (It was published in the 1960’s so something weird must have happened for this to be the case; I’ve never seen such a comparatively recent novel out of copyright. I might look it up; I’m curious). For whatever reason, that UPenn digital library version is the one I reread instead of the one sitting in the dust of my bookshelves. Maybe because it had the old cover illustration at the top of the webpage.Rereading the story now, I find that it was only tangentially about a cat. Dave Mitchell is more or less gifted with a stray tomcat by his eccentric older cat-lady friend. Cat becomes a prominent fixture in his life, partaking in a surprising variety of activities that one might expect to not be cat-approved. They go to the beach and he rides his bike with Cat in a basket and Cat seems to more or less just roll with it. Dave makes some fairly time-consuming plans with Cat’s pleasure in mind; for example, traveling half across New York, partly on foot, just to get some fish heads from the market for Cat. Dave also jumps out of a moving car in the highway to save the Cat, which really satisfied my flair for the dramatic as a kid.What the story is really about, though, isn’t really Cat. It’s about growing up in a New York that is hardly recognizable today. Kids running around and having adventures and finding lizards and catching ferries in a storm, measuring the years by school holidays. Life happens in those days away from school and away from the real world, in short and sharply contained episodes of meandering fun. A trip to Coney Island filters into a game of activity tag, where they make plans for future school holidays, despite not knowing each other’s phone numbers and instead just agree to meet at a vague time and a certain place. They great thing is that they do meet up, and they do have fun, riding bikes and ferries, and going to the zoo, or a live show. It’s funny to watch in today’s technological landscape with its absurdly easy methods of communication. There is a fascinating variation in the amount of interest and control that the parents have over their children. From Tom’s disappearing and uncaring alcoholic of a father, to Mary’s ethereal academic mother, to Dave’s concerned but only slightly overbearing parents.The story just meanders along, like those schools holidays. Dave and the reader skipping from one activity to the next thing that stumbles into their path. It doesn’t really have a set form or goal. It doesn’t really build to any discernable climax, except maybe Dave and his father’s gradually growing and learning how to treat each other with respect. Then the meandering just stops and the book ends. It feels like the end of a summer, even though it spanned throughout a couple of years. It was about wandering through life and stopping at the fun restaurant with the sign that said lasagna was on special, or choosing to ride your bike to the ferry through the storm because it would be a cool new experience to be out on the water and out of the calm. It was about choosing to actually do the fun things that suddenly occur to you while you are out on the beach or sitting on your stoop. It isn’t really a story that could be told about adults; people seem to grow out of taking those kinds of small detours. It’s too much like chance and not enough about planning. It’s nice.Also the nice cat lady becomes a millionaire because that is so very realistic and unexpected. (It’s actually a little traumatizing and I don’t like how it plays out.)

  • Christopher
    2019-07-13 16:44

    I've commented before how the 1960s is one of my favorite Newbery decades. The eight Medalists I read before this one were exceptional and thematically diverse.This was another story. It's Like This, Cat had some admirable qualities. Neville's style is comfortable to read and it wasn't hard to finish the book. I enjoyed the meandering, almost lazy quality of the plot. And the parts involving Mary, Dave's girlfriend, were very well-written.Unfortunately, that's where the positives end. As the book's narrator, Dave Mitchell is very inconsistent; one moment I'm cheering for him, and the next I'm thinking "What a diva!" He doesn't grow much from the beginning of the book; he and his dad still fight as much as they ever have. They simply try to be quieter about it. Speaking of the dad, he's got problems, too; he's very kind to everyone else's kids, but not to his own. Neither one has much respect for the other, which isn't a good message to send to kids.Also, the completely random demise of a kitten in the "Fortune" chapter was gruesome and fit poorly with the rest of the story.In conclusion, I wouldn't recommend It's Like This, Cat. While its observations about human nature and writing style are both clever, the messages and characters are very problematic.

  • Juli Anna
    2019-07-22 12:46

    What on earth was this? This is the strangest, most rambling Newbery yet. The moral of the story seems to be: "If you get a cat, certain semi-interesting things will happen to you. Soon the cat will become much less important, but you will thank him in the end anyway. And all your problems will be solved by joining the military." Honestly, there is zero focus in this book, no overarching theme to speak of, and the present tense was weird and awkward. None of the problems the are set out at the beginning reach any sort of resolution; in fact, they are hardly developed at all.The only thing saving this from a one-star rating is the descriptions of 1960s New York, complete with beatnik parents and ducktail haircuts.

  • Ben
    2019-07-17 16:26

    This was a pleasant surprise to read about a city boy's adventures. How the book ended up in our house is a mystery, as we don't ever remember getting it at a library used book sale, but I decided to take it on our vacation and read most of it over the course of our flight. The young teen protagonist's willingness to roam throughout the boroughs on his own, or with a friend, is pretty impressive. All the characters meld together nicely in this story, and it's fun to see the young boy realize that his father is not so terrible as his father gives their friend Tom a boost.

  • Amber Garabrandt
    2019-07-09 17:21

    I originally requested this title from Netgalley and Dover Publications.  The premise of the story, a boy coming of age in the 60’s whose best friend and sidekick is a tomcat named Cat, made me smile.  Honestly, I could not wait to read it.  I was approved, but the scans were such that I could not read them or get a real feel for the pictures.  Luckily Amazon Kindle has the text-only version for free, so I at least got to read the story.Davey is a normal boy- he loves his mother and fights with his father who will “never understand him”.  While spending time with a neighbor he refers to as Aunt Kate and her many cats, he takes a shine to a stray.  Cat is different, special.  The two go on adventures, and through their time together Davey makes other friends, grows up a bit, and sees his father through the eyes of others.  I was very pleased with the story.This spoke to me on one level, the relationship between Davey and Cat melting my heart.  They are our friends, our confidants, and can help us through life.  Also, the issues that he had in his family are ones that I believe every teen can understand.  They feel their parents don’t understand them- or are just cruel- but seeing his father through the eyes of Kate and another friend allows Davey to see a part of him that he never took the time to before.  I could wish I had had the pictures, but feel like the story was great on it’s own.  Five Stars!  This was written for children, and thus there really isn’t any adult content.  The worst thing that happens is that our Davey is offered a cigarette, and he has yelling matches with his father.  It really is very tame.