Hip Cat by Jonathan London


Hip Cat by Jonathan London

This is the jazzy story of a hip, saxaphone-playing cat who heads to the big city to seek fame and fortune. Once there he finds that the top dogs own the cool clubs, and that sometimes you have to work at the Doggie Diner to make ends meet. But he also learns how important it is to do what you love and do it well!


-- School Library Journal,

Starred Review, August 16, 1993 Only squares won't dig the beatnik slang and improvisational rhymes of this beboppable, unstoppable tale. Sax-playing cat Oobie-do takes the train to San Francisco, where he tries to make jazzzzzy music. But being a musician doesn't pay the bills, and Oobie-do becomes a short-order cook at the Doggie Diner. He doesn't stay down on his luck for long, though; Minnie, impecunious owner of Minnie's Can Do nightclub, encourages him to play a gig, and pretty soon the joint jumps to Oobie-do's tunes. London, striking a very different note here than in A Koala for Katie and creates vibrant spreads that ideally complement the narrative; their unsullied bright colors, smooth edges and serpentine forms are reminiscent of such jazz-inspired abstract canvases as Stuart Davis's The Mellow Pad. Playful and optimistic, this story of dreams--and persistence rewarded--is the cool cat's meow. Ages 3-8. -- HORN BOOK,

About the Author

Jonathan London is the author of more than fifty books for children. He lives in Northern California with his family. Read more about the inspiration behind Jonathan's work. Woodleigh Hubbard -- a resident of Colorado -- has studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D. C., the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and the Academy of Beaux Arts in Paris. She is the author of two best-selling children's titles from

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40 pages
Interest Age: Under 6-8


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Publication date

24th October 1996



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