It's Like This, Cat

It's Like This, Cat

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Although he acquired Cat only to defy his father, Dave Mitchell matures through the experiences that are instigated by his pet


My father is always talking about how a dog can be very educational for a boy. This is one reason I got a cat.

Dave Mitchell and his father yell at each other a lot, and whenever the fighting starts, Dave's mother gets an asthma attack. That's when Dave storms out of the house. Then Dave meets Tom, a strange boy who helps him rescue Cat. It isn't long before Cat introduces Dave to Mary, a wonderful girl from Coney Island. Slowly Dave comes to see the complexities in people's lives and to understand himself and his family a little better.

Winner, 1964 Newbery Medal
Notable Children's Books of 1940–1970 (ALA)

Publisher: New York : Harper Collins, c1963
ISBN: 9780060243913
Characteristics: 180 p. : ill. ; cm
Additional Contributors: Weiss, Emil, ill


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IndyPL_SteveB Mar 01, 2019

This is New York City around 1959-1960, before the world changed. Dave Mitchell is an 8th grader with a bicycle and a great subway system. He can travel to Coney Island or the Bronx with almost no trepidation. He has a contentious relationship with his grumpy lawyer father (who later turns out to be a lot more caring than he lets on). He is good friends with Kate next door, whom people call the “crazy old cat lady”. After an argument with his father, Dave adopts one of Kate’s tom cats and his life is changed. The cat becomes simply “Cat.” Through Cat, Dave becomes friends with college drop-out and trouble-maker Tom and meets his first girl-friend, Mary. The story kind of meanders around pleasantly with a minimal plot, but enjoyable still.

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