Millions of Cats

Once upon a time there was an old man and an old woman who were very lonely They decided to get a cat, but when the old man went out searching, he found not one cat, but millions and billions and trillions of cats Unable to decide which one would be the best pet, he brought them all home How the old couple came to have just one cat to call their own is a classic tale thOnce upon a time there was an old man and an old woman who were very lonely They decided to get a cat, but when the old man went out searching, he found not one cat, but millions and billions and trillions of cats Unable to decide which one would be the best pet, he brought them all home How the old couple came to have just one cat to call their own is a classic tale that has been loved for generations Winner of a Newbery Honor, this collector s edition featuring a heavy interior stock, spot gloss and embossing on the cover, and a thread sewn binding will bring this beloved tale to a whole new generation of readers.
Millions of Cats Once upon a time there was an old man and an old woman who were very lonely They decided to get a cat but when the old man went out searching he found not one cat but millions and billions and tril

  • Title: Millions of Cats
  • Author: Wanda Gág
  • ISBN: 9780142407080
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Millions of Cats”

    1. Millions of Cats is a short and fun story about the dangers of cat addiction, and how it's seemingly so illogical by showing the destructive side of cats, and how they're generally mean and unfriendly and awful pets.But then by showing just one good, humble cat everything changes, and we remember why the Internet was invented in the first place: to share lolcats and cat gifs.For education and historical reasons, it's a must read.

    2. While I did enjoy the story (the narrative) itself, I did not find the accompanying illustrations of Wanda Gág's Millions of Cats all that visually appealing. I have never really liked black and white illustrations all that much, and the many, many cats together kind of remind me of masses of lemmings, rodents or locusts, faceless swarms of animals with no personalities or individual features (the only personable cat, in my opinion, is the little kitten left at the end, all the others are just [...]

    3. Oh, dear I thought I was going to absolutely adore this story based on the charming illustrations and the idea of a man who sets out to bring home a kitty for his wife, only to find that every cat he sees is just too cute to pass up so he brings home "millions of cats." HoweverSPOILERI thought the end was quite dreadful! Yes, even if this is a tale of the evils of vanity, it was a bit too much for all (but one) of the cats to eat one another up because each wanted to be the most beautiful and th [...]

    4. Creepy children's story about an old couple who long for a cat. When the old man finds the valley of cats he cannot choose the prettiest so he brings all million of them home. Where they ultimately eat each other. And the old idiots live happily ever after! WTF?

    5. I remember my grandmother sending me this book in a care package when I was young. I enjoyed this so much. I can still see the illustrations in my head. This adorable story about an old man and his cats was one of my most favorites growing up.

    6. “Millions of Cats” is a Newberry Honor book by Wanda Gag about how a very old couple wanted to have a cat for companionship, but they end up getting a million cats as pets and they have to decide which cat to keep for themselves. “Millions of Cats” may have a gruesome solution to the couple’s problem with having so many cats, but this book is still a great book for children to read for many years.Wanda Gag’s story is cute and creative as it details a very old couple’s desire to hav [...]

    7. I’m shocked. I really liked this book. I read it only because it’s a selection of the Newbery book club for the Children's Books group, and I’m not participating until they get to 1953 or so (mostly because of reading time considerations; I do like the idea of reading every single Newberry and Newberry honor book), but this was an unusual Newbery selection: a short picture book.I’ve been reading others’ comments and thought that I’d be repulsed by this book; I am not a fan of the mac [...]

    8. Things I liked:-cats, cats, and lots of cats! (duh)-the fairy tale feel-the fact that the man and woman are always referred to as "the very old woman" and "the very old man"-the illustrations that span two pages-the black and white illustrations are simple but expressive; very clean feeling-this part: "cats here, cats there, cats and kittens everywhere, hundreds of cats, thousands of cats, millions and billions and trillions of cats"-the fact that the man just can't choose a cat because they are [...]

    9. Millions of Cats it's a children's classic in American literature, any cat's lover should have it in his bookshelf! It's a funny comical illustrated little story, perfect for any kids. As we know from youtube videos anything with cute fluffy cats will go viral!!Too cute!!Gosh I love them *:*4.5/5 STARS

    10. Can I just say the old man picking out a cat on the hill is pretty much like me tryig to pick a book in a bookstore ?This story book is quite quaint, and cute to boot, since it's filled with cats. Great to read out loud to the little ones.

    11. This book was written in 1928, won the Newbury Award in 1929 & is recognized as the first modern picture book. This is my first time reading this classic & I was pleasantly surprise. It was not at all what I expected. I guess I can see how some would call it "gruesome" towards the end by today's standards but I've noticed most old folk tales, fairy tales, or fables do have serious consequences to some extreme extent. I don't hold that against it considering when it was written & how [...]

    12. I had a 60 minute break between classes at school, and, to kill time, I decided to go to the library and read a book short and easy enough to be able to finish it fast.So I picked Millions of Cats. From the Children's section. I could tell this was a vintage/classic children's book, but I wasn't sure exactly how much vintage/classic it was.A LOT.I started reading thinking, "oh, what a cute story! Such cute kittens! I wouldn't be able to pick one either!"And a few pages later."WHAT. THE. FUCK??"I [...]

    13. "Hundreds of cats. Thousands of cats. Millions and billions and trillions of cats."This was a childhood favorite for me, so I couldn't be more thrilled that my own children love it now. P.S. The cats do eventually (view spoiler)[eat each other up (hide spoiler)] so if that's not your cup of tea, best to skip this book.

    14. I've got mixed feelings about this book. It was engaging and drew me in, but at another level it was repulsive. It does show the disastrous impact of letting greed and vanity take over - and I think children can easily see that the old man collecting all those cats had no common sense. I liked the rhythmic style of the writing, and the overall "craziness" of the story.

    15. One of my all time favorite picture books. Wanda Gag was so cool. Love everything she has ever done.

    16. Neat! A simple story about an elderly couple picking out a pet cat turns into a comment about the subjectivity of beauty and value of humility. True affection comes from building relationships, and not from appearances.Some readers object to the "violence" implied by the story. This complaint is ludicrous.**Spoilers**An old man brings a horde of cats (millions, to be more precise) home to his wife. They can't choose the most beautiful one, so they go inside and leave the horde outside to sort it [...]

    17. A story of an old couple that wanted a kitten. The old man traveled miles to find a kitten then finds hundreds, thousands, millions ,billions and trillions of cats. They all follow him home plus the kitten.A classic story book, beautifully illustrated; winning the Newberry award.

    18. I found this book overall interesting. The illustrations reminded me of the illustration style used in the middle age, maybe because of lack of color and the design of the characters and landscape. The story of a "very old man and a very old woman" and the way how they found their new kitten left me with a misgiving feeling. However, I enjoyed the use of some key phrases such as “the very old lady”, “the very old man”, “and hundreds, thousands, millions, billions, and trillions of cats [...]

    19. A cautionary tale about the danger of relocating wildlife.An old man removes an entire population of cats from their native ecosystem, only to discover he lacks the knowledge and resources to care for them on his own. When the cats grow hungry he offers them each a mouthful of grass, unaware that these obligate carnivores cannot subsist on such a diet. "What are you doing?" the old woman he lives with cries when she sees the cats, aware, as he is not, of how unsuited the creatures are for their [...]

    20. I would give it a 3.5 if that were available. I just read the book. I have to say the cover didn't really appeal to me with the orange, yellow, and black. When I started to read the story I have to say that a song popped in my head when the old man set out to get his wife a cat. I will walk 500 miles and I will walk 500 more. What length a person would go through for their loved one. I thought the story was good. But, it did not have that "I have to share this factor." The illustrations were bla [...]

    21. Because my son was born in Wanda Gág's hometown, New Ulm, MN, and we had then a family of 15 all-indoor cats, Millions of Cats was an appropriate favourite. I had to read that dang thing regularly for about eight years before he finally tired of it. "Hundreds of cats, thousands of cats" etc gets in my head like an insistent pop song, but somehow it's still fun to say.

    22. 3.5 starsShort yet entertaining. Absurdly funny at times. Being a cat person, it's somehow relatable how I sometimes just wanna grab and take home a random pretty kitty I happen to spot on the streets.

    23. Good points about the company that a cat provides, how hard it can be to choose, and how love and attention is good for pets, but the solution for the surplus of cats is disturbing.

    24. I don't understand how this has made it as a classic. If not for the ending, I might have enjoyed it. Now, I just feel repulsed. Maybe it's good for older children who can understand the Brothers Grimm kind of dark humor. My children are too literal for it.

    25. An old man and woman decide they need a cat so the man goes off to find one.He doesn't find one but "hundreds of cats; thousands of cats; millions and billions and trillions of cats".Plausibility aside, I found the story line a little weak as well as the conclusion, although after a dark interval arrives at a happy conclusion.The illustrations are well drawn and I suppose we're not to take the story too seriously but rather enjoy the absurdity.

    26. My son, who very well may become a "Crazy Cat Lady" one day, wanted me to read him just one more book yesterday. I was proud that he wanted me to read him so many so I rewarded him with just one more cat book. I picked this one because it is part of the 1001 books challenge.Millions of Cats tells the story of a lonely little old man and little old lady. The decide a cat is just the thing they need so the little old man sets off to find a cat. He comes upon a hill where there are million, and bil [...]

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