The Cat Who Wanted to Go Home
Suzy, a striped cat, gets carried off by a balloon, but with her bravery and ingenuity she eventually finds her way home. This book is one of a selection of Jill Tomlinson animal stories which include "The Advark Who Wasn't Sure" and "The Gorilla Who Wanted to Grow Up".
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Suzy, a little striped cat, lives with a fisherman and his four sons in France. One day, she unknowingly falls asleep in a basket that's part of a hot-air balloon and ends up in England. The crux of the story is her effort to return to "Chez-moi." Even though an old lady takes her in, Suzy grabs every opportunity (she thinks) to find a way home: She rides a surfboard, swims beside a channel swimmer, gets stranded on a submarine and pussyfoots aboard a ferry boat to France. When she climbs the boat's mast, she sees a French fishing boat ahead-with her family aboard! Home at last. Brush strokes on the canvas background of the soft-edged illustrations add texture to the gentle, sweet quality, while the action scenes humorously depict Suzy's encounters, but overall they lack the buoyancy of Mary Calhoun's Hot-Air Henry (1981). (Picture book. 4-7) (Kirkus Reviews)