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It's Like This, Cat ❮Read❯ ➵ It's Like This, Cat Author Emily Cheney Neville – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk 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 ca 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 It's Like ePUB ↠ 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 parentLibrary of Congress catalog number.


10 thoughts on “It's Like This, Cat

  1. Rebecca McNutt Rebecca McNutt says:

    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.


  2. Wendy Wendy says:

    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 c 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


  3. Amy Amy says:

    Dave, a 14 year old boy in NYC, brings home a cat But also, he runs all around the city alone and with friends Meets a girl, meets a guy just a little older but who is essentially homeless and estranged from his family Just some adventures in the late 60s, things that I don t think would happen the same way these days Also, he took 9 with him when he took Cat to get fixed.Newbery winner, 1964


  4. Duane Duane says:

    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.


  5. doug bowman doug bowman says:

    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 weremature and real world than the sports books that made up most of my reading This book really helped turn me into adiscerning reader, and even at that early age, I cou 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 weremature and real world than the sports books that made up most of my reading This book really helped turn me into adiscerning 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


  6. Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance says:

    First recent read I can see why this book confused me as a childa New York apartment setting do people live in apartments why don t they have a house an 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 First recent read I can see why this book confused me as a childa New York apartment setting do people live in apartments why don t they have a house an 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


  7. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    Read for Children s Group February 2020 It reads like historical fiction now Think of all that roaming about the city this 14 yo boy did And the girl, Mary, too And encyclopedias, no internet, no portable phone Public schools perceived as good enough for a lawyer s son But I can see why I didn t care for it when I was young I certainly didn t understand the friendship with Mary was she special, or not all I knew about love was like my parents or like in fairy tales, and it never o Read for Children s Group February 2020 It reads like historical fiction now Think of all that roaming about the city this 14 yo boy did And the girl, Mary, too And encyclopedias, no internet, no portable phone Public schools perceived as good enough for a lawyer s son But I can see why I didn t care for it when I was young I certainly didn t understand the friendship with Mary was she special, or not all I knew about love was like my parents or like in fairy tales, and it never occurred to me that they could be just friends.I don t know if the episodic nature bothered me then I like it very much now Things happen, we have minor adventures, time goes by, something else happens life usually doesn t have a dramatic arc and stories don t need to have one either.A contemporary blurb on the back of my edition from the Christian Science Monitor says that the urban setting for this is a refreshing contrast to thetypical idyllic countryside It also says the book is for boys I m not sure that I agree with that I think it sfor a certain kind of reader, and that kind of reader is at least as likely to be a girl as a boy.Anyway, I think it does portray early 1960sNYC well And it s interesting to see a 14 year old boy s pov as he realizes that the world isn t all about him He learns his true r ship with a friend he took for granted, finds a couple of new friends, learns responsibility, meets a girl and finds out that at least some girls are real people not just annoying flirts, and discovers that there are all sorts of families he s lucky to have the one he s got.I am disturbed about the ending view spoiler in which the young man Tom is about to get married and then join the Army and they all celebrate I guess they didn t predict Vietnam, but still, I would never encourage my sons to volunteer, or my daughter to risk being a war widow hide spoiler Is it Newbery worthy Imo, almost Compared to the honor books, The Loner I never heard of it and Rascal which is apparently too entertaining to be significant, according to most newbery committees opinions that we ve been subject to , yeah, I can see why it got the medal But I do wonder what else was published that year, and why it wasn t a stronger year


  8. Stacy268 Stacy268 says:

    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 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


  9. Judy Judy says:

    As part of My Big Fat Reading Project, after I have finished reading the top 10 bestsellers of a given year, I go through the award winners As of 1964 there were only six major awards given in the United States These days there are scores of them It s Like This, Cat won the Newbery Award in 1964, given for the best writing for readers aged 8 to 12 Up until 1963 this award favored historical fiction and some rather dull improving type stories 1963 was a breakout year for the Newbery when M As part of My Big Fat Reading Project, after I have finished reading the top 10 bestsellers of a given year, I go through the award winners As of 1964 there were only six major awards given in the United States These days there are scores of them It s Like This, Cat won the Newbery Award in 1964, given for the best writing for readers aged 8 to 12 Up until 1963 this award favored historical fiction and some rather dull improving type stories 1963 was a breakout year for the Newbery when Madeleine L Engle received the award for A Wrinkle in Time It s Like This, Cat showed promise that the Newbery s hidebound nature had truly changed, though the main character is a bit older than usual David Mitchell is 14 and the story is set in contemporary times in New York City.David has a frail mother who suffers from asthma His father is a somewhat overbearing stuffed shirt Son and father argue often, setting off the mother s asthma attacks I don t know if the city was safer in the mid 1960s than it is today probably not but David roams freely with his friends He gets around by subway, bus, bicycle and his own two feet These kids think nothing of walking blocks and miles through the city.Despite David s difficulties with his dad and kids his age, he has an adult friend Kate is a crazy cat lady who lives alone and rescues cats She gives one of these to him, a tomcat who becomes his main companion during the course of the story What a fine cat he is too By the end, David has a best friend, a girlfriend, and a better understanding of his father The story is reminiscent of Beverly Cleary and full of good writing The author went on to write fourchildren s books while raising five kids in New York City


  10. Lisa Vegan Lisa Vegan says:

    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 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


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