It's Like This, Cat

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It's Like This, Cat
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Author Emily Cheney Neville
Illustrator Emil Weiss
Cover artist Emil Weiss
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's novel
Publisher Harper & Row
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 181 pp
ISBN 0-06-024390-2
OCLC 30857758

It's Like This, Cat is a novel written by Emily Cheney Neville that won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature in 1964.

Plot summary[edit]

The main character of the story is Dave Mitchell, a 14-year-old who is growing up in mid-20th century New York City. Dave lives with his father and his asthmatic mother and her attacks worsen when Dave and his father have their frequent arguments. Dave's refuge after a clash with his father is with Kate, an elderly neighbor whose apartment is filled with the stray cats she loves. Dave adopts one of the cats, names it "Cat" and takes him home. "Cat" brings both joy and adventure into Dave's life.

Cat's presence brings Dave into contact with several new people, including a troubled college-aged boy named Tom and his first girlfriend, Mary. While documenting Dave's growing maturity, the book also provides glimpses of a few of New York's neighborhoods and attractions, from the Fulton Fish Market to the Bronx Zoo and Coney Island.

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Preceded by
A Wrinkle in Time
Newbery Medal recipient
Succeeded by
Shadow of a Bull