Fuddles by Frans Vischer
Fuddles is a "fat, pampered cat," spoiled by his family, and longing for adventure outside of the house. Shocked that (human) "Mom" tells him he's not allowed outside, he takes it upon himself to ready for an escape. He prepares himself with a "strict exercise regimen. (But not too strict.)." He takes his chance and darts through an open door one lazy Sunday. Fuddles finds that his pampered existence has hardly prepared him for the world outside - his attempt to capture a bird is foiled by last night's pork chops weighing him down; a run-in with a neighborhood dog leaves him feeling less than stellar; and he can't find his way home. As it gets dark and Fuddles gets scared, he hears familiar voices and his family locates him. Back at home, Fuddles decides that all great adventurers deserve to be pampered.
The Bibliophile was amused by the name "Fuddles" from the get-go. There were a few scenes in the book that I thought, on a bad day, might have scared him, but he did just fine with them. On a page with a somewhat ferocious looking dog, he reminded himself aloud that "the animals in this book are all pretend!" He requested to reread it quite a few times over the course of the week. At age 3, I'm not sure if he really understood all of the humor yet, but he enjoyed it nonetheless.
I worried initially about the idea of defying the prohibition to go outside the house; I don't want to encourage any unaccompanied wanderings around here. But ultimately, the book teaches that this was not a very pleasant idea after all (and, my son is not a cat). This was a fun read, especially suitable for cat fans, or those who like a few chuckles with their picture books (don't we all?).
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