It's like this, Cat by Emily Neville ; pictures by Emil Weiss.
New York : Harper & Row, 1963. Hardcover. 180 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm. Price clipped dust jacket. Very good + copy with firm binding, clean and unmarked pages.
IT'S LIKE THIS, CAT
by EMILY NEVILLE
PICTURES BY EMIL WEISS
Dave Mitchell is fourteen and growing up in the midst of the variety and excitement of New York City. In this quiet, reflective, and humorous story of a boy's journey toward adulthood, Emily Neville captures the flavor of one kind of New York boyhood—the sights and sounds of Gramercy Park, Coney Island, the Fulton Fish Market, the Bronx Zoo, the stickball games played in city streets, the fascinating mixture of nationalities and eccentrics that give the huge metropolis so much of its flavor and excitement. But most of all the author tells a realistic tale of Dave's affection for a stray tomcat, his comradeship with a troubled nineteen-year-old boy, his first shy friendship with' a girl, and his growing understanding of his father as a human being and not just a parent.
Emil Weiss's lively drawings capture the mood and setting of the story to perfection.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Emily Cheney Neville was born in Manchester, Connecticut. She received a degree in economics from Bryn Mawr and worked for a time as a copygirl for the New York Daily News and the New York Mirror. She is the mother of five children and now lives in Keene Valley, New York.
Mrs. Neville, who received the Newbery Medal in 1964 for IT'S LIKE THIS, CAT, has also written BERRIES GOODMAN, an ALA Notable Children's Book of 1965; THE SEVENTEENTH-STREET GANG, TRAVELER FROM A SMALL KINGDOM, and FOGARTY.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Emil Weiss was born in Czechoslovakia. He studied architecture in Vienna before coming to the United States. In this country Mr. Weiss became a free-lance artist and illustrated many books for children.
1964 NEWBERY AWARD WINNER
IT S LIKE THIS, CAT
"A rare reading experience. . . . The author knows the language of a New York boy in the same sense that Mark Twain knew the talk of a Mississippi River one. ... A potential prize-winning book which is a great achievement, more remarkable, considering that it is the author's first book—hopefully, not her last." — Virginia* Kirkus' Service, Inc.
"This is superb — the best junior novel I've ever read about big-city life." — New York Times
"Different, humorous, with a touch of the vernacular, and a great feeling for the city and its many peoples." — Saturday Review
"A fine, honest, flavorful tale." — Chicago Tribune
"Good. Here's a nice change from books for boys that are set in an idyllic countryside hardly known to many of them. . . . The conversation is modern teenage but never phony. ... A completely satisfying book." — Christian Science Monitor
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