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Anne Fine has written numerous highly acclaimed and prize-winning books for children and adults. The Tulip Touch won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Goggle-Eyes won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal; Flour Babies won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year; and Bill's New Frock won a Smarties Prize. Anne Fine was named Children's Laureate in 2001 and was awarded an OBE in 2003.
Gr 2-4-Tuffy the cat stars in this lighthearted beginning chapter book. His narrative describes accusations against him during the course of a week, such as stalking a bird and leaving bloodstains on the carpet, ruining the flower beds, and (allegedly) killing the neighbors' pet rabbit. From the first page, it is evident that he does not understand why his behavior upsets his family. After all, he is a cat. The family consists of an indifferent mother, a hostile father, and a loving little girl. Most of the action involves Tuffy and the father, who is determined to oust the feline from the household. The book is funny throughout because of the cat's confusion about reactions to his natural behavior and his defensive narrative. In the end, the man learns a valuable lesson on judgment. The black-and-white sketches, some full page, bring movement and personality to the characters.-Diane Eddington, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.