Stretchy McHandsome (Hardcover)

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By Judy Schachner, Judy Schachner (Illustrator)
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Judy Shachner has done it again.  It seems to me every time she comes up with a new book it's even better than the last. Judy is probably most well known for her Skippyjon Jones books; I really like these new cats though.  Obviously, Stretchy does a lot of ...stretching.  Stretchy lives in a cardboard box with his siblings and always ends up at the bottom of the sleeping pile since he is so ...stretchy.  One day he decides to take a little vacation has some adventures and meets a little girl named Beanie who also loves to ...stretch.  Stretchy ends up having so much fun that he loses track of time, and his siblings come looking for him because they're worried. I won't give away the end, just know that all ends well.
I really like Stretchy as a children's book because of the way the pictures and text interact synergistically, bringing the story vividly to life.  Fairly young readers will be able to identify with the picture where Stretchy wraps his arms around a tree, or when he is itching his fleas.  It's nice to pause and have the child point out the action for what Stretchy, or one of the other characters, is doing. Stretchy scratches my itch for a new Judy Sachner book!

— From Alex


A handsome and totally fetching street cat with a penchant for trouble stars in the new picture book by Judy Schachner, creator of the inimitable, irrepressible Skippyjon Jones

Stretchy McHandsome is not only good looking with his ginger fur, but he has personality that shines as well. Leaving the safety of the McHandsome clan, he stretches himself away from home and all around town. Out and about, he is spotted by a girl with a kindred spirit, who makes him realize the one thing missing from his life is the warm lap of a loving person. How this gadabout finds his true girl makes for a story that is a little bit wild, but a whole lot wonderful.

About the Author

Best known for her Skippyjon Jones series, Judy Schachner has illustrated many of her own stories, including the much-loved Grannyman and its companion book, Bits & Pieces. A #1 New York Times BestsellerJudy is also known for her spirited reading of the Skippyjon stories, for which she won the first E. B. White Read Aloud Award. She lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

Praise For…

“Schachner's new puss protagonist is every bit as bouncy as Skippyjon Jones . . . Sure to elicit purrs from kitty-loving readers.”—Kirkus Reviews

* “Stretchy’s story will amuse readers and listeners with rhymes that scan perfectly and are fun to read aloud.”—Bookliststarred review

“Cat lovers of all ages will adore this story of misfit soulmates and finding your own way, and the bouncing rhythm of the rhymed text is sure to make this romp a storytime favorite.”—BCCB

"[C]hildren will want to read again and again.”—School Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780803741218
ISBN-10: 0803741219
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: October 8th, 2019
Pages: 40
Language: English


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