Posted in May 2013

Horatio, 1969

Horatio, 1969

Horatio, is a person cat. Not only does he hate all creatures other than his kind Mrs. Casey, he thinks, rationalizes, wields irony, and has facial expressions like a person. He is grumpy. He likes to be treated with respect. In Horatio, we find an anti-hero in a bold cat form. Continue reading

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Swimmy, 1963

Swimmy, 1963

I remember loving Leo Lionni’s book as a child, though I honesty don’t remember exactly what I loved so much about it.  In re-reading it, however, I know what re-worthifies it.  First and foremost, the story is triumphant and heroic.  A small fish– with the unfortunate name of Swimmy– culls his desire for adventure from … Continue reading