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Cat and Fish come from different worlds — he from the land, she from the sea. But when they meet in the park one night, they like each other's looks. Cat shows Fish his world and teaches her how to climb, how to take shelter from the rain, and how to stay warm. But Fish misses the sea, so Cat takes her back and meets her friends and discovers the water world. Then the trou Cat and Fish come from different worlds — he from the land, she from the sea. But when they meet in the park one night, they like each other's looks. Cat shows Fish his world and teaches her how to climb, how to take shelter from the rain, and how to stay warm. But Fish misses the sea, so Cat takes her back and meets her friends and discovers the water world. Then the trouble starts. Opposites may attract, but can they find common ground and stay friends? Neil Curtis’s stunning black-and-white illustrations make this whimsical story of how two unlikely soul mates overcome their differences spring to life, enchanting young readers and their parents alike.


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Cat and Fish come from different worlds — he from the land, she from the sea. But when they meet in the park one night, they like each other's looks. Cat shows Fish his world and teaches her how to climb, how to take shelter from the rain, and how to stay warm. But Fish misses the sea, so Cat takes her back and meets her friends and discovers the water world. Then the trou Cat and Fish come from different worlds — he from the land, she from the sea. But when they meet in the park one night, they like each other's looks. Cat shows Fish his world and teaches her how to climb, how to take shelter from the rain, and how to stay warm. But Fish misses the sea, so Cat takes her back and meets her friends and discovers the water world. Then the trouble starts. Opposites may attract, but can they find common ground and stay friends? Neil Curtis’s stunning black-and-white illustrations make this whimsical story of how two unlikely soul mates overcome their differences spring to life, enchanting young readers and their parents alike.

30 review for Cat and Fish

  1. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    When Cat encounters Fish one night, in the course of his rambling through the park, the two animals are much taken with one another, despite their differences, and set out to explore their two worlds together. A fish out of water? A cat happily paddling in the water? Not likely! But if you can get past these unlikely scenarios - many of which, like cat and fish's canoe ride through the stars, read like dream sequences - you will discover a simple, appealing story of friendship and exploration. M When Cat encounters Fish one night, in the course of his rambling through the park, the two animals are much taken with one another, despite their differences, and set out to explore their two worlds together. A fish out of water? A cat happily paddling in the water? Not likely! But if you can get past these unlikely scenarios - many of which, like cat and fish's canoe ride through the stars, read like dream sequences - you will discover a simple, appealing story of friendship and exploration. More to the point, you will encounter a picture-book that is visually stunning, with gorgeous engraving/woodcut-style pen and ink artwork by Neil Curtis. In fact, Cat and Fish was named "Picture-Book of the Year" by The Children's Book Council of Australia, an honor it fully deserved! Full-page illustrations, and a brief text that is formatted in innovative ways - sometimes it rises, like the characters themselves; sometimes it undulates, like the water it describes; and sometimes it goes in straight line, like the simple story, when it is moving forward - make this a book to savor. I enjoyed it so much that I think I'll read the sequel, Cat and Fish Go to See !

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (not getting friends updates) Vegan

    I have about a dozen children’s picture books at home from the library, but I wasn’t going to read any of them until I made more progress with my current novel, but I couldn’t resist the striking cover illustration on this book. It’s appropriate that on the book’s cover, the illustrator is listed as the first author and the text author is listed as the second author. The illustrations are really wonderful, and they’re all in black & white, so this might be a good book for infants: they’ll be able I have about a dozen children’s picture books at home from the library, but I wasn’t going to read any of them until I made more progress with my current novel, but I couldn’t resist the striking cover illustration on this book. It’s appropriate that on the book’s cover, the illustrator is listed as the first author and the text author is listed as the second author. The illustrations are really wonderful, and they’re all in black & white, so this might be a good book for infants: they’ll be able to see the pictures easily so they’re likely to appreciate them. The story is a sweet friendship story between cat and fish, but they’re unlike actual cats and fish (fish apparently can live outside the water and cat can enjoy the water, etc. etc.) There’s not too much text on any page and many of the words are on the page in creative patterns: different sizes, wavy, spiral, etc. So, it’s fun to read and every page is fun to view. The story is interesting for those who like fantasy tales with animals; the illustrations are amazing and unforgettable.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jack Kirby and the X-man

    The black and white illustrations seem stark for what should be a lovely tale of friendship/love. The start of the book made me think of drunken 'score' - "The came from different worlds, but they like each other's looks. In the park by the lake they got to know each other." - and it was a thought I just couldn't shake through the rest of the book. I like the use of out-of-line text - graphically illustrating within the text the bubbles in the ocean, and the cat floating... After reading it I just The black and white illustrations seem stark for what should be a lovely tale of friendship/love. The start of the book made me think of drunken 'score' - "The came from different worlds, but they like each other's looks. In the park by the lake they got to know each other." - and it was a thought I just couldn't shake through the rest of the book. I like the use of out-of-line text - graphically illustrating within the text the bubbles in the ocean, and the cat floating... After reading it I just can't get Paula Abdul's Opposites Attract out of my head, which I'm sure isn't what the authors were aiming for!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn Hee

    Cat and Fish is such a beautiful friendship and love story. Cat and Fish meet one night and get to know each other. This book highlights the differences that Cat and Fish notice about each other yet they help and respect each other and most of all find a way to compromise those differences.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Lodge

    I loved the artwork and the way some of the text is arranged on the page. However, I just couldn't stop thinking that the fish would die if it was out of water so long. I loved the artwork and the way some of the text is arranged on the page. However, I just couldn't stop thinking that the fish would die if it was out of water so long.

  6. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    This is a very poorly written and ludicrous story about a cat and a fish hanging out with each other in both land, sea and sky.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Lambourn

    Magical realism, absurdity and metaphor as a cat and fish explore one another’s worlds, are curious, expanding beyond their personal limits, and find they can live together. 
I love that the illustrator got top billing here! The art is bold, attractive, and the choice to keep it in bold bright white and black elemental in keeping with the theme of both differences and balance. It did make me stop and wonder a bit about its oddness, and would the poor fish die? But reading it again, and writing d Magical realism, absurdity and metaphor as a cat and fish explore one another’s worlds, are curious, expanding beyond their personal limits, and find they can live together. 
I love that the illustrator got top billing here! The art is bold, attractive, and the choice to keep it in bold bright white and black elemental in keeping with the theme of both differences and balance. It did make me stop and wonder a bit about its oddness, and would the poor fish die? But reading it again, and writing down what I saw made for rich matter... this book would be a great topic for teachers in art, writing, specifically visual metaphor [or metaphor-inspired visuals - ie: fish out of water] It lends itself well to a discussion on differences, commonalities, and intersections. It might even be a fun place to use with younger kids in learning about habitats and absurdity. I see where others have seen a theme of compromise, but that niggled at me, because I didn't feel a sense of giving in or giving anything up in this story. I felt in it the eternal longing many of us feel for qualities and experiences belonging to others. Then I saw it was perhaps more a message challenging our own perceived limits, broadening our awareness and comfort zones, becoming more curious than afraid of the world beyond our present understanding, and embracing coming together for the wondrous benefits of sharing. Not that love is all we need, but love can find many ways. I personally classify this book as magical realism over fantasy because it has that quality of a different set of rules about the world these animals live in, while being based on much metaphor and magical outcomes. I sense the fantasy has a deeper message for our reality intended.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Zachary McCoy

    This story is mostly interesting to me because of the aspect of a cat who would typically eat fish being friends with one. I do like how they show each other how they do things they normally do. In my opinion it would be a bit better if it was longer.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Israel Waltz

    Genre-Modern fantasy grade- K-1 this book is great. they took a predator and had it become friends with the pray and showed why animals need to live in the environment they need. this book could be used to teach compromise because that is how Fish and Cat solve there issue. I recommend this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Raquel Pilar

    Cat and fish meet and become friends. One shows the other their habitat and favourite things. However, at some point, they miss their original places and "activities", but decided to live where there two places meet: the beach. Beautiful illustrations! Cat and fish meet and become friends. One shows the other their habitat and favourite things. However, at some point, they miss their original places and "activities", but decided to live where there two places meet: the beach. Beautiful illustrations!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ana Ofelia

    Las ilustraciones son hermosas, la historia es sencilla pero linda e interesante. Lo recomiendo ampliamente a los amantes de la ilustración y los animales. Me encantó este libro.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Collins

    Genre: Modern Fantasy Grade Level: K-1 I really enjoyed this book. It is simple and easy to read, but contains a powerful message. The message conveys the importance of being friends with those different than yourself. It is not wrong and your perspective will change and grow. I am very thankful that I got to read this little story because it challenged me as well.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Scott Malcolm

    Aaliyah Cat and Fish Summary: cat met fish near the bridge on his wandering, They got to know each other and they became friends. Cat and fish played in the maze as fish lurked to see cat. They stayed were the land and the sea meets each other. The book made me feel: Happy, smile and made me a little bit laugh because in one of the pages it looks cat wants to eat fish.[I think this book is good to read because it can help you meet people from different country's and understand that friendship is re Aaliyah Cat and Fish Summary: cat met fish near the bridge on his wandering, They got to know each other and they became friends. Cat and fish played in the maze as fish lurked to see cat. They stayed were the land and the sea meets each other. The book made me feel: Happy, smile and made me a little bit laugh because in one of the pages it looks cat wants to eat fish.[I think this book is good to read because it can help you meet people from different country's and understand that friendship is really important.]

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cori

    What intrigued me: 6/10 What I liked: This images were wonderful. What I didn't like: I got the gist of the story but would have appreciated the English translation. Favorite quote: image: What intrigued me: 6/10 What I liked: This images were wonderful. What I didn't like: I got the gist of the story but would have appreciated the English translation. Favorite quote: image:

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I think that this book is a great demonstration to children to let their imaginations run wild when writing stories. Fish can't live out of water and cats can't survive underwater in the real world, so this portrays to children that stories don't have to be realistic. Although the illustrations are done in black and white, they are really effective. I think that this book is a great demonstration to children to let their imaginations run wild when writing stories. Fish can't live out of water and cats can't survive underwater in the real world, so this portrays to children that stories don't have to be realistic. Although the illustrations are done in black and white, they are really effective.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

    ages 4 and up. I loved the artwork, but I felt the story was lacking. It's a simple story about a fish and cat that become friends and they show each other their different worlds. Throughout the story though, there are some great words that could enhance a child's vocabulary. ages 4 and up. I loved the artwork, but I felt the story was lacking. It's a simple story about a fish and cat that become friends and they show each other their different worlds. Throughout the story though, there are some great words that could enhance a child's vocabulary.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    My five-year-old son checked this book out from the library this week. This is a visually stunning book. The illustrations are weirdly wonderful. The text, however, falls far short. The story could have been weirdly wonderful, but instead it is just weird.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Katie Fitzgerald

    Read at Family Story Time on 8/15/11: http://storytimesecrets.blogspot.com/... Read at After School Story Time on 3/15/12: http://storytimesecrets.blogspot.com/... Read at Family Story Time on 8/15/11: http://storytimesecrets.blogspot.com/... Read at After School Story Time on 3/15/12: http://storytimesecrets.blogspot.com/...

  19. 4 out of 5

    S.j.reads

    I loved the pictures.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mckinley

    Loved the black and white illustrations but found the story odd.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Nydahl

    Copyright: 2006 Genre: Fantasy I enjoyed the black and white illustrations. The story was kind of weak though.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    A sweet, simple book with a great message. The artwork is absolutely amazing!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bec

    An interesting picture book with a message - even different can be together

  24. 5 out of 5

    George

    My 7-year-old son said this book deserves an award for the illustration.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    Amazing artwork highlights this story of a very unusual and unlikely friendship.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Polly

    Charming book with magical illustrations.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    Stunningly beautiful illustrations!

  28. 5 out of 5

    ABC

    Cat and Fish play together. Interesting black and white illustrations.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cole Finnian

    I like Cat and Fish. I give it 60 stars.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emiri Tachibana

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