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Mr. Pusskins : a love story
Other title(s):
Mister Pusskins
1st U.S. ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2007.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Originally published: Great Britain : Orchard Books, 2006.
Grumpy Mr. Pusskins hates doing ordinary cat things such as playing with his owner Emily, but a night out on the streets in search of adventure makes him reconsider the advantages of a loving home.
Reading Level:
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader Grades K-4 2.4 0.5 Quiz 112101 English fiction.


Call Number
JP Llo

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Mr. Pusskins doesn't want to play mouse games.
He thinks snuggling is for the birds.
Having his fur combed?
Listening to cozy bedtime stories?


Mr. Pusskins goes in search of adventure.
But along the way he finds out how much love is waiting for him at home.

Author Notes

Sam Lloyd was born in the north of England, but migrated to sunny Brighton. She works on art projects with children at a local school, and paints large murals. Sam's great passions range from swimming in the Brighton Sea and gardening to traveling to far parts of the world, where she has found much inspiration for her writing and illustrating of children's books.

Reviews 5

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Mr. Pusskins is a cantankerous cat who doesn't appreciate his young owner. When Emily lovingly coos, "what a handsome boy you are!" all he hears is "Blah-de-blah, blah, blah." Feeling smothered and yearning for some "naughty fun," he runs away. He wreaks havoc in neighborhood gardens, rummages through garbage cans, and hangs out with the notorious "Pesky Cat Gang." However, he soon tires of his new life. He regrets his ill treatment of Emily, and when they are finally reunited, he changes his ungrateful ways. Humorous illustrations capture this fluffy, ginger-colored sourpuss in all of his grouchy glory, and his big, round eyes convey a range of expressions, from haughtiness to remorse. This sassy love story will be a storytime hit.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Phooey on unconditional love. That's the sentiment of the eponymous sourpuss, who can't stand the doting of his owner, a blissfully happy girl named Emily. "The girl's constant babbling, `Blah-de-blah, blah, blah,' bored his whiskers off. He wanted more than this dull life." But when Mr. Pusskins finally seizes the opportunity to run away, he soon realizes that life on the streets is not what he bargained for. Dirty, cold and alone, he thinks, "Emily had given him everything a cat could ever dream of... but he had never been nice to her." In the book's funniest scene, Mr. Pusskins literally phones home, meows pitifully into the receiver, and is quickly reunited with his adoring human: "Now both Emily and Mr. Pusskins realize how lucky they are to have each other." Although the writing can be overly literal, Lloyd's astutely cartooned pictures more than make up for what her prose lacks in punch. Mr. Pusskins starts out as a fat, angry-looking oval of orange fur, with a tail that literally bristles with resentment, disgust and naughtiness; during his dark night of the soul, the tail shrivels up and falls behind him like a piece of furry seaweed. By book's end, the harsh black brushstrokes that detailed his coat have softened considerably, and his eyes are as wide and adoring as Emily's. Clearly, it's the beginning of a revitalized relationship. Ages 4-6. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

Feline grump Mr. Pusskins leaves his young, adoring owner, Emily, for a more interesting existence. At first ""Life without Emily was such naughty fun!"" but he soon realizes that the streets leave something to be desired. The way Lloyd plays the separation is a hoot, as is the brightly colored art. A playful design also reflects Mr. Pusskins's wandering ways. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Review

Meet Mr. Pusskins: The orange tabby on the cover scowling underneath his name and title will make readers grin or even chuckle. "Emily adored Mr. Pusskins." However, her fur-brushing, endearments and story readings bore his whiskers off. Mr. Pusskins wants more than this dull life--so he leaves. He does everything he isn't supposed to, like making friends with the Pesky Cat Gang. Life without Emily is such naughty fun, until the rain falls, icy winds blow and his new friends are no longer nice. A feeble, frantic phone call from bedraggled, lonely Mr. Pusskins brings Emily to his rescue. Now, Mr. P. adores Emily! Large double spreads with bright colors, google eyes and ornery expressions caricature the raucous and righteous behavior. Never mind the deficiency of details about how a cat can dial a phone, this shaggy story of "cattitude" is amusing and unadulterated fun. (Picture book. 4-7) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

The cover illustration shows Mr. Pusskins in full attitude: fat, furry, and furious. That doesn't stop Emily from adoring her cat, brushing him, telling him stories, and snuggling, when possible. Pusskins can't stand any of it, and one night he leaves. He went places he wasn't meant to go and did things he wasn't meant to do. He makes friends with the Pesky gang, yowling the night away. But things change, and in time Pusskins is left alone, cold, and hungry. Oh, how he wishes for someone who would cuddle him. Remembering what a mean-tempered cat he was, Pusskins is ashamed. When he finds a lost poster with his picture, he's almost afraid to make the call, but he does. Emily comes to rescue him, though at first she passes him by, not recognizing the down and disheveled kitty. Many things work well here. First, there is a real story, which kids will like; listeners will also appreciate Pusskin's transformation and the happy ending. Then there's the art, which is as outsize as Pusskins himself. Lloyd's vigorous style--lots of sweeping black lines and multiple vignettes per spread--keeps readers glued to the story. This one will be fun to read aloud. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2006 Booklist