Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed

by Leslea Newman

Other authorsAmy June Bates (Illustrator)
Book, 2015

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123460588

Call number

E 500 NEW

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Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2015

Description

"Moshe Cotel was a composer who lived in a noisy building on a noisy street in a noisy city. But Moshe didn't mind. Everything he heard was music to his ears. One day, while out for a walk, he heard a small, sad sound that he'd never heard before. It was a tiny kitten! "Come on, little Ketzel," Moshe said, "I will take you home and we will make beautiful music together." And they did--in a most surprising way. Inspired by a true story, Lesléa Newman and Amy June Bates craft an engaging tale of a creative man and the beloved cat who brings unexpected sweet notes his way."--Amazon website.

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LibraryThing member TheIndigoQuill
This is such an adorable book! I was smiling the whole time I was reading it.
LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Moshe Cotel lived on a noisy street, in a noisy neighborhood, in a noisy city. As a composer, he appreciated the sounds of his surroundings, which made their way into his music. One day, while taking a walk, he encountered a new kind of noise - a sad sort of mewling - which led him to a tiny,
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abandoned kitten. Adopting this feline orphan, whom he named Ketzel (Yiddish for kitten), Moshe soon found that his new companion had talents of her own. Frustrated at his inability to compose a brief piece - no more than sixty seconds in duration - for an upcoming contest being held by The Paris New Music Review, Moshe is surprised and delighted when Ketzel's stroll along the keyboard produces an accomplished work - "Piece for Piano: Four Paws." Submitting this selection, under Ketzel's name, he thought no more of it, util Ketzel's composition won a special mention in the contest, and was performed in concert!

This delightful picture-book from Lesléa Newman, a children's author perhaps best known for her ground-breaking Heather Has Two Mommies (1989) and illustrator Amy June Bates was chosen as a Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in 2016, and it's not difficult to see why. The story itself, featuring mid-20th-century Jewish composer Moshe Cotel and his famous feline companion, is both entertaining and informative. An afterword gives more details about Cotel, Ketzel, and the unusual composition that won such unexpected acclaim. The artwork, done in watercolor, gouache and pencil, is adorable, capturing the loving relationship between man and cat, as well as Ketzel's own unique charm. Highly recommended to all young cat lovers, and to anyone looking for interesting stories about musical composers and composition.
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LibraryThing member TBE
Moshe Cotel was a composer who lived in a noisy building on a noisy street in a noisy city. But Moshe didn’t mind. Everything he heard was music to his ears. One day, while out for a walk, he heard a small, sad sound that he’d never heard before. It was a tiny kitten! "Come on, little Ketzel,"
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Moshe said, "I will take you home and we will make beautiful music together." And they did—in a most surprising way. Inspired by a true story, Lesléa Newman and Amy June Bates craft an engaging tale of a creative man and the beloved cat who brings unexpected sweet notes his way.
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LibraryThing member Lisa2013
I found this true story very touching and very amusing. Anyone who’s known cats will know that they will climb on and walk on tables, games, books, shelves, people, and pianos.

This is a lovely tale about a young composer who adopts a street kitten and what happens then.

I got a kick out of the
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contest entry, the royalty check, the cans of cat food, the cat’s theater visit in the story and the real visit, and so much more.

The author’s note at the end is great. I love how this cat became famous and found Morris Moshe Cotel’s life story (before and after Ketzel) interesting. I appreciate the reader is told on what CD the cat’s composition can be heard.

I love the illustrations is this book. I think they’re perfect for the story and find them pleasing. Their art style, use of color, etc. I’m a fan of everything about them.

I don’t cry that easily but I came close to shedding Patricia Polacco books style tears when reading this book.

It’s a winner. Highly recommended for anyone who likes cats, likes piano, likes music, enjoys pathos and humor & whimsy in their picture books, or enjoys reading about the creative process, and also for Jewish readers/listeners.

4-1/2 stars
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LibraryThing member jennybeast
I really enjoyed the illustrations in this one. The story is also very nicely told -- just the right sort of spare story, with a good amount of interest.

Original publication date

2015

ISBN

0763665555

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