The Contumacious Cat

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)

A cat that poops on the rug, defying orders from a major! Add Miss Strum (the roofing contractor) who threatens to call the ASPCA, Diana Hunt (an animal communicator), and Wren (the young girl of the house) and you have a great story about a military family, moving, and a cat with a bad attitude!

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Gail Wilson Kenna has taught in university and college programs in Germany, Malaysia, Venezuela, and Colombia. In the United States, she taught for Chapman College, National University, and American University in D.C. The wife of a retired Air Force colonel, the mother of two daughters and two grandchildren, the author of four books, Gail now resides in the Northern Neck of Virginia on a creek of the Chesapeake Bay.

From 2005 to 2016, she taught literature and writing courses for an adult institute of the Rappahannock Community College. The recipient of many writing awards, she won the 2012 Donald Axinn Fiction Scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. In 2017, after winning fi ve awards in the 25th Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition in San Francisco, Gail was asked to be the Judge/Sponsor for Creative Nonfi ction, replacing a judge who held the position for nine years. Currently she is revising her fifth book, a novel.

 

4 reviews for The Contumacious Cat

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anne Carey

    If you know a child who loves to learn and correctly use new words; if you know a child from a frequently deployed military family; or if you know (or ARE) a child of any age who has ever loved a contumacious cat, then do that child and yourself a favor by buying and sharing this delightful book.

    You will not soon forget 10-year-old Wren and her efforts to save her ill-mannered cat Grrr from the wrath of her angry military-minded father after Grr demonstrates her displeasure about being displaced by the new baby in the family by soiling the major’s prized Persian rug. In a few well-chosen words and with page after page of charming and clever illustrations, Gail Kenna manages to painlessly teach valuable lessons about the virtues of Compassion, Compromise, and Communication.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

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    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Sweet Read for Kids
    ByAmazon Customeron September 14, 2017
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    I bought this book as a gift for my granddaughter, who is a military child facing a PCS (moving, for “civilians) this year . Both she and her cat look just like illustrations in the book, and I thought it would be a lovely gift. Initially, I was really upset that it was shipped in a make-shift package (a big piece of cardboard folded over and taped) that didn’t protect it. However, the publisher contacted me to say it would be replaced. The story was cute and geared toward kids whose parent are deployed.

    5.0 out of 5 starsRespectful, thoughtful, and fun!
    Byisacollieon October 16, 2017
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    As a lover of children’s lit and of animals, I confess a predisposition to this clever, thoughtful book by Gail Kenna. I appreciate her use of more challenging vocabulary and an accompanying glossary to help young readers and their adult companions with new words. There is a real sense of addressing children in a way that respects their curiosity, dignity, and intelligence, both by a central character in the book and by the author to her readers, which I think is somewhat unusual in the realm of children’s lit. Focusing on a pet makes a challenging, charged subject perhaps a bit easier for young people to tackle, and while the message is clear for military families, it was easy to appreciate regardless of one’s relationship to that specific set of circumstances
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    5.0 out of 5 starsthough I was fortunate enough never to have to endure what my sister’s …
    ByBonnie Kennaon October 6, 2017
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    Disclaimer: my mother wrote this lovely story, but what I respect most about it are the insights it provides about deployment for military brats (myself included, though I was fortunate never to have to be affected by one personally).
    The Contumacious Cat highlights the hardship of deployment, but the illustrations and the vocabulary presented in the narrative make it stand out in its own right. Buy it for your kid or one you might know, read it out loud, and cherish the experience. There’s even a glossary if you find a new word you may not know yourself.

    ByMary L. Layon September 23, 2017
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    The Contumacious Cat is a delightful read-aloud story about a willfully disobedient cat, thus it name. There is lots to talk about; the disruption of families who are deployed in service, what is making the cat misbehave and how to help a cat and others feel secure with change. There are lots of grown up words in the text, a great tool for building vocabulary in young children. In the back of the book there is a list of Wren’s words. Wren is the smart little girl who loves the bad-actor cat, as she is inclined to misbehave a bit herself. The illustrations are charming as well .

    5.0 out of 5 starsEngaging story and exceptional art work!
    ByMary Stuarton October 16, 2017
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    This is a beautifully written story of a family whose cat’s behavior becomes a window into the effects of military deployment upon each family member. Told with humor and accompanied by gorgeous illustrations, it also provides a wonderful and humorous vocabulary list and maps for children to enjoy. When I shared it at my book group meeting, those with grandchildren affirmed that it will be a welcome addition to their collection of inviting storybooks.

    5.0 out of 5 starsA delightful story
    ByMayaon October 4, 2017
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    A well-written and beautifully illustrated book, The Contumacious Cat is a pleasure to read for parents and children alike. Not only does it address the emotional stress of relocating, this touching and witty tale combines humor with lessons in relationships, animal behavior, history, geography, and vocabulary for young readers. I can highly recommend it.

    5.0 out of 5 starsMost endearing, delightful, and evoking that special magic …
    ByAmazon Customeron October 11, 2017
    Format: Paperback
    Most endearing, delightful, and evoking that special magic of all things cats. A must read, coffee or tea at your elbow, and in a nook and in a shaft of sunlight. Youngsters optional.

    5.0 out of 5 starsGrrr-eat! Educational, informative and precious on many levels …
    ByAmazon Customeron October 17, 2017
    Format: Paperback
    Grrr-eat! Educational, informative and precious on many levels. The purrfect gift for any cat lover or when someone adopts a new feline.
    Glynda C. Antonio, White Stone, Virginia

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

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    4.0 out of 5 starsSweet Read for Kids
    ByAmazon Customeron September 14, 2017
    Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I bought this book as a gift for my granddaughter, who is a military child facing a PCS (moving, for “civilians) this year . Both she and her cat look just like illustrations in the book, and I thought it would be a lovely gift. Initially, I was really upset that it was shipped in a make-shift package (a big piece of cardboard folded over and taped) that didn’t protect it. However, the publisher contacted me to say it would be replaced. The story was cute and geared toward kids whose parent are deployed.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

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    5.0 out of 5 starsGrrr-eat! Educational, informative and precious on many levels …
    ByAmazon Customeron October 17, 2017
    Format: Paperback
    Grrr-eat! Educational, informative and precious on many levels. The purrfect gift for any cat lover or when someone adopts a new feline.
    Glynda C. Antonio, White Stone, Virginia

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