Tuesday, October 12, 2010

131 - Comet's Nine Lives; Jan Brett


Comet's Nine Lives is a preschool book that is absolutely adorable, but it deals with a cat who gets himself into a variety of predicaments and uses up (8) of his (9) lives.  I can see where some parents might be cautious about reading or explaining such a book to young children, and a few reviews indicated the subject matter was not appropriate for young children. In my opinion is, the story is just fine. It just takes a little explaining, as you would do if you were to read Hansel and Gretal or Little Red Riding Hood to a young child. 

Comet is a cat who was born 30 miles out to sea on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. He never really had a home of his own, and wandered here and there.  He lost his first life when he ate some foxglove flowers that made him sick. His second life was lost in a book store --who would have thought they were dangerous? However, while resting on a stack of books, he took a tumble and all the books landed on his head.  He even lost one of his lives by taking a tumble into a strawberry milkshake --what a way to go!  Fortunately, as you can tell while reading along, Comet does find the perfect place to settle down in the end.


My Opinion -- I loved this book. It is such a cute story, and the beautiful, colorful illustrations of Nantucket Island are just awesome. The book is both written and illustrated by Jan Brett.  It is really a sweet story about a cat's adventures. It will have you and your little one anxiously turning the pages to see what kind of mischief Comet gets himself into next.


Highly Recommended - 5/5 stars - Library Book

19 comments:

  1. Looks cute! I have to say, I worry some days that I'm going to meet *my* end when a stack of books fall on my head... ;-)

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  2. I love the illustrations! Gosh what talent. Now if I had someone little to read it to. It sounds like a perfect curl up with a child book.

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  3. Sounds like a pretty good book! Hey, I thought Comet was a reindeer!!!

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  4. I love Jan Brett books. When my nephew was younger (he's 12 now) I used to give him a Jan Brett Christmas book every year! The new book looks so cute!

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  5. Great illustrations. I don't usually do animal stories as you can guarantee something awful always happens. Perhaps I'll be safe with this story though.

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  6. I love animal stories and this one looks like a cute read with great illustrations, so I will have to check it out. Thanks for the great review!

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  7. Beautiful illustrations! I love cats and I love this book. I'm glad it's a 5/5 for you!

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  8. Thanks for stopping by Catladyland!

    This book looks absolutely adorable :)

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  9. I just might have to get this book and read it myself (I'm just a 60 something kid at heart.)

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  10. This looks just charming! And if you read almost ANY fairy tale, you have a ton of explaining to do!

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  11. I love her books and the artwork is beyond gorgeous!

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  12. Sounds like a sweet book about cat's nine lives. Love the illustrations.

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  13. I love Jan Brett--such amazing art work.

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  14. I would pick up this book for the illustrations alone - they're beautiful.

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  15. Too Cute!! I will have to get this one for Isabella!

    I have a Luxurious New Giveaway on my site....Come and enter!!

    Xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  16. I have to keep this one in mind for a gift.

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  17. Comet looks just like my former cat Ballon and I'm addicted to cat books. In other words: a must-read!

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  18. The illustrations are gorgeous and I don't think I would have hesitated to read this one to my son when he was little.

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