It's Like This, Cat

It s Like This Cat Going to a Broadway show meeting a girl at Coney Island hunting wild life at the Bronx Zoo making friends with a burglar it s all part of growing up in New York City Dave Mitchell s first year of h

  • Title: It's Like This, Cat
  • Author: Emily Cheney Neville
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Paperback
  • Going to a Broadway show, meeting a girl at Coney Island, hunting wild life at the Bronx Zoo, making friends with a burglar it s all part of growing up in New York City Dave Mitchell s first year of high school brings plenty of adventure and a stray tomcat named Cat.

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    About “Emily Cheney Neville”

    1. Emily Cheney Neville

      Emily Cheney Neville, an American author of children s books, was born in Manchester, Connecticut in 1919 and graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1940 In 1963, she wrote her first book, It s Like This, Cat , which was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1964.

    590 thoughts on “It's Like This, Cat”

    1. I resisted reading this book, because I retain a childhood prejudice against books with male narrators, and I still don't really like kids' books about animals. (It's not really THAT much about animals.) But I forced myself to read a chapter, and then another chapter, and then realized I was actually enjoying it!It's kind of a strange book for a Newbery winner--it skews quite a bit older than most, for one thing, and it doesn't have a typical structure--although maybe that's what caught the comm [...]

    2. This is one of the most inspiring middle-grade fiction novels I've ever read. First published in 1969, It's Like This, Cat has a cat in it, but the story isn't about just a cat. It's about a boy who learns the value of friendship and how to understand his dysfunctional family even when he doesn't want to.

    3. Winner of the 1964 Newbery Medal.It's not your typical children's story; it has a grown up feel to it. It's set in New York City in the mid 20th century, back when parents let their young kids roam all over, seemingly without worry. It's the story of young Davey and his formerly stray cat named Cat. His tales of urban adventures are actually quite entertaining. And it's a good look back at New York City as it was in the 60's.

    4. Like finding twenty bucks in a pair of pants, I was elated when I came across a free copy of “It’s Like This Cat, by Emily Neville. It is one of those elemental books from my childhood, which had kind of recessed in my memory.I read this novel when I was in 5th or 6th grade and I was very much aware that its themes were more mature and real-world than the sports books that made up most of my reading. This book really helped turn me into a more discerning reader, and even at that early age, I [...]

    5. First recent read: I can see why this book confused me as a childa New York apartment setting (do people live in apartments? why don't they have a house?) eighteenyear old boy who is homeless (where are the boy's parents?)young teenagers who wander around a big city (isn't that dangerous?)a girl whose mother is a beatnik (what in the world is that?) This world was totally outside of my experiences as a ten year old girl in small town Texas.Second recent read: Dave and his dad fight all the time [...]

    6. "My father is always talking about how a dog can be very educational for a boy. This is one reason I got a cat." (p.1) So starts the story of NYC kid and resident wise guy Dave Mitchell. It's 1963 and Dave is just hanging around the neighborhood, negotiating friendships and trying to stay out of trouble.But trouble seems to find him. First comes the big tom cat that Dave gets from the local cat lady. "Aunt Kate" takes in all kinds of cats, and some of the kids make fun of her, but Dave likes to [...]

    7. Holy smokes, this book is dated! It's a nostalgic, but not cloying story of a 14 year old boy, his parents, neighbors, and friends. The cat is basically a prop to get the story going. For modern kids it will sound like historical fiction - record players? Harry Belafonte? Beatniks? People who think that spaying/neutering their pets is cruel? But it's a quick read and older elementary age readers should enjoy it.

    8. Alright Alright Alright this book is dated. Like 51 years old! But you know what? I really liked it!It's about a 14 year old boy named David.If this book was written today David would be 17 years old, one parent would be out of the picture, and he'd be a misunderstood rich kidH!!In this book, David acts like a normal kid, likes to make friends, has a cat because his neighbor is a cat lady and he thought the cat was cool, he likes to listen to records, and he fights with his Dad.Now, if this was [...]

    9. It’s like this cat has the best opening line of any Newbery I’ve read so far, even the famous ‘Dark and stormy” line from Wrinkle in Time. “My father is always talking about how a dog can be very educational for a boy. This is one reason I got a cat.” Genius, right? I knew right then that I was going to enjoy this one,and I did. I really related to Dave. I too grew up in a house with an attorney father who liked to argue. Luckily, I had a brother who did most of the arguing back. The [...]

    10. Honestly, I wanted to love this book. I really did. I wanted it to be like a 'Catcher in the Rye' for a slightly younger audience. I had heard it was that kind of style with a narrator that had a bit of edge but in a book now slightly dated.The book sounded perfect for the topic our year 5 children do on America and modern history.The book opens really well 'My father is always talking about how a dog can be very educational for a boy.This is one reason I got a cat.' really is a fantastic openin [...]

    11. I first read this book when I was 10 years old and on a train ride from California to New York. Interesting children’s coming of age novel written first person by a 14 year old New York city boy (who becomes attached to a stray cat – hence the title of the book). Accurate descriptions of New York city of the early 1960s. It was unusual for me to enjoy a book with a male protagonist back then, but I loved this book. What I remember most, was how the boy, Dave, would make cold spaghetti sandwi [...]

    12. it was fun to see how someones relationship with a cat was developed even though his dad wanted him to get a dog

    13. Many years I used to own It's Like This, Cat by Emily Neville. Then I gave my copy to my younger brother. Yet I have never forgotten it. When I recently saw it at a library book sale, I immediately grabbed a copy. Upon rereading it, I was surprised at how undramatic the story and how average the main character is compared to many of today's books. Yet I still love the book.The main character is fourteen-year-old Dave. His life is peopled with his parents, an eccentric cat lady neighbor named Kat [...]

    14. What was it about this book that made me avoid it when I was 9 or 10 years old? Was I afraid that the presence of an animal's name in the title (truly, the cat is named "Cat") meant a certain death for said animal by the end of the book? Did I shy away from it because it had a boy narrator? I so wish I could put this in the hands of 10-year-old me, because I'm pretty sure it would have been one of her / my favorite books ever. I enjoyed it very much when I read it (in one sitting) last weekend, [...]

    15. ~Anything a cat does, he does only when he wants to. I like that. ~This is a book about a teenage boy who is learning about himself and the world, and the complexities of being human. He adopts a stray cat (or more like gets adopted by the Cat, which has a character that reminded me of James Dean). The story goes on in and around NY, before the terrorist attacks, the cyber-xyz, a time when people rode bikes and had real friends instead of tablets. Lovely book.My son and I read this together some [...]

    16. I'm usually the sentimental, gushy cat memoir type. This is a straightforward, coming-of-age story about a boy and his pet cat set in late 1950's New York. The book reads like a love letter to the city, as well as an ode to a bygone era- complete with terms like golly, stickball, being sore at someone, and 30 cent coke mentions. The illustrations are delightful, and the language makes you long for black and white TV and movies. Also, it's one more novel about cats that confirms their general air [...]

    17. I really enjoyed this 1964 Newbery winner, though I don't think I would actually recommend it to students. Dave Mitchell, a teen growing up in New York, adopts a scrappy tomcat despite his overbearing father's objections. The cat has a few adventures and leads Dave to meet Tom, a young man facing his own family challenges. Dave also tromps through New York, visiting Coney Island, traveling downtown to help a girl, and visiting parks throughout the city. Kate, an eccentric cat-loving neighbor, ti [...]

    18. I think I get why this has a Newbery Award. The writing has a very strong voice throughout, while it stayed far away from giving us homophones for their acccents, the way the writing was done you could hear it in their tone, it rang true. The story itself seems kind of unlikely. Maybe growing up Midwestern in the 90's wasn't the same as New York City in the 60's but it felt very off. For one, nobody kept to themselves, everybody was in everybody else's business which resolved things nicely, but [...]

    19. I think this is a difficult book to classify and to review. It mostly reads like a low-key middle-grade book, but there is at least one part that I think would upset a lot of children, and probably even some older readers(view spoiler)[(oh no, that poor little kitten!) (hide spoiler)]. It's Like This, Cat is one of those animal books that use the animal mostly as a catalyst(no pun intended) for some change of circumstance or perspective in the protagonist's life. This adds to the low-key, slice- [...]

    20. This was a very enjoyable little book. I don't understand how anyone could complain of this book's "datedness". In fact, when I read in some reviews that it was dated it just made me want to read it even more. And after I was finished reading it (it was a very quick read) I just wanted to be a teen in early '60s NYC. Unlike some of the other reviews, I was not thrown by much. I didn't think the lingo or action of the characters were too out-of-date for kids to understand. It's pretty straight-fo [...]

    21. Though It's Like This, Cat took place at an earlier time (with appropriately dated lingo and ideas), its appeals are very much similar to current tween coming-of-age novels. Dave Mitchell deals with his parents, friends, girls, and growing up not unlike kids do today. While the story may seem a little naive to today's teen (unlike so many YA novels today, there are no eating disorders, drugs, murder, or vampires), young Dave's adventures with Cat the cat carry all the trappings of teenage angst [...]

    22. I enjoyed this YA title when it was published in 1963, or thereabouts, and I've been hankering to reread it if just for sentimental reasons. Ever do that? You want to revisit a book of your tender youth. Silly, right? Anyway. IT'S LIKE THIS, CAT all these years (decades, actually) later holds up pretty well. Of course the calling from pay phones is a relic of the past. But the storyline is solid enough. The fourteen-year-old boy in NYC befriending a tomcat (named Cat) still resonates. The charac [...]

    23. This was the Newbery award winner in 1964 because it was so fresh and new but today it reads like historical fiction. For today's kids, the vocabulary would be difficult (mostly the usage). Our kids would have no idea why the characters have to communicate via postcards, even though they live in the same city. Some of the themes still stand up (misunderstood kids and parents, friendship and loyalty) but it was hard for me to understand parts of the storyline and I have some background knowledge [...]

    24. Continuing my quest to read all Newbery medal and honor books, I pulled this one off my book shelf. A 1964 Newbery Medal winner that frankly leaves me mystified at the process of how and who selects the winners.This is a story of David who lives in New York City and adopts a cat. On the surface it appears to be a story of an animal that changed the lives of those with whom it contacted. Below the surface, there appears to be many randomly sprinkled subplots of characters and events. It is indeed [...]

    25. I read this years ago (as a kid), and I watched a booktube video that mentioned this book. I remembered that I really liked it. So, I read it again, and the story held up for me as an adult.

    26. This is a book that I have read easily half a dozen times or more. I regularly checked it out from the elementary school library, because it was “about” a cat, which was my basic minimum requirement for enjoying anything at that age. I hadn’t even given the book any real thought in maybe fifteen years now, when something reminded me of it and I decided it was time to revisit this story. It’s one of those books that I know, without any doubt, that if I had owned my own copy of it as a chi [...]

    27. I've commented before how the 1960s is one of my favorite Newbery decades. The eight Medalists I read before this one were exceptional and thematically diverse.This was another story. It's Like This, Cat had some admirable qualities. Neville's style is comfortable to read and it wasn't hard to finish the book. I enjoyed the meandering, almost lazy quality of the plot. And the parts involving Mary, Dave's girlfriend, were very well-written.Unfortunately, that's where the positives end. As the boo [...]

    28. What on earth was this? This is the strangest, most rambling Newbery yet. The moral of the story seems to be: "If you get a cat, certain semi-interesting things will happen to you. Soon the cat will become much less important, but you will thank him in the end anyway. And all your problems will be solved by joining the military." Honestly, there is zero focus in this book, no overarching theme to speak of, and the present tense was weird and awkward. None of the problems the are set out at the b [...]

    29. This was a pleasant surprise to read about a city boy's adventures. How the book ended up in our house is a mystery, as we don't ever remember getting it at a library used book sale, but I decided to take it on our vacation and read most of it over the course of our flight. The young teen protagonist's willingness to roam throughout the boroughs on his own, or with a friend, is pretty impressive. All the characters meld together nicely in this story, and it's fun to see the young boy realize tha [...]

    30. I originally requested this title from Netgalley and Dover Publications.  The premise of the story, a boy coming of age in the 60’s whose best friend and sidekick is a tomcat named Cat, made me smile.  Honestly, I could not wait to read it.  I was approved, but the scans were such that I could not read them or get a real feel for the pictures.  Luckily Kindle has the text-only version for free, so I at least got to read the story.Davey is a normal boy- he loves his mother and fights with [...]

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