The pawed piper / Michelle Robinson ; illustrated by Chinlun Lee.

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    • Publication Information:
      First U.S. edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: A small girl wants a cat of her very own, just like the one in her book or like her grandmother's cat, Hector ... This delightful tale of wish fulfillment will strike a chord with any child who has ever yearned for a pet.
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    • ABNT:
      ROBINSON, M.; LEE, C. The pawed piper. [s.l.] : Candlewick Press, 2019. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 19 nov. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Robinson M, Lee C. The Pawed Piper. Candlewick Press; 2019. Accessed November 19, 2019.
    • APA:
      Robinson, M., & Lee, C. (2019). The pawed piper. Candlewick Press. Retrieved from
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Robinson, Michelle, and Chinlun Lee. 2019. The Pawed Piper. Candlewick Press.
    • Harvard:
      Robinson, M. and Lee, C. (2019) The pawed piper. Candlewick Press. Available at: (Accessed: 19 November 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Robinson, M & Lee, C 2019, The pawed piper, Candlewick Press, viewed 19 November 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Robinson, Michelle, and Chinlun Lee. The Pawed Piper. Candlewick Press, 2019. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Robinson, Michelle, and Chinlun Lee. The Pawed Piper. Candlewick Press, 2019.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Robinson M, Lee C. The pawed piper [Internet]. Candlewick Press; 2019 [cited 2019 Nov 19]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 July #1

A little girl longs for a cat. After learning what Granny's cat (Hector) likes, the child fills her room with cardboard boxes, catnip, yarn, cushions, and bowls of milk. And she waits, but no cats arrive. The next morning, Hector leads dozens of feline friends in through her bedroom window. All day, she cuddles them happily ("Fat ones, skinny ones, / massive ones, and mini ones.), especially the quiet cat in her sock drawer. But when walking Hector home, she finds dozens of "missing cat" posters. She returns them, all except one little kitten, born in her sock drawer. Giving the familiar child-wants-a-pet theme an unexpected twist, the story offers a pleasing fantasy for kids who love cats and kittens. The realistic touches, from Granny's advice to the missing-pet posters, keep the story grounded, while the occasional, playful use of verse adds to the fun. Created with watercolor and pencil, the illustrations have a childlike look and a soft, gentle palette that suits the story well. An endearing picture book with enjoyable endpapers. Preschool-Grade 1. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2019 April #5

This I-want-a-pet story by Robinson (Grandmas from Mars) offers sustained warmth and slow, thoughtful pacing. "I wanted a cat to cuddle," the child who narrates explains. "A great big furry fluff ball, like the cat in my book." Lee (Good Dog, Paw!) shows the girl and her family gathered around, regarding the book with quiet interest. She wonders whether she can lure a cat to her house and consults with her grandmother, who has a kitty named Hector, and then sets out empty boxes, catnip, cat toys, and cushions. She goes to sleep disappointed, with only her book for company, but is awakened by Hector—the title's Pawed Piper—leading all the neighborhood cats into the girl's room ("I lost count at SIXTY-SEVEN!"). In a series of stately group portraits, Lee paints the visitors as distinct, furry individuals, taking tender care with each one. A day of cuddling follows until a wall of "Lost Cat" posters clarifies many of the felines' provenance and reveals that the girl's pleasure has caused consternation elsewhere. She returns them, calmly—all but one. Robinson and Lee make the girl's longing easy to understand and her joy a pleasure to share. Ages 2–5. (July)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.