Zoom at Sea

Zoom at Sea

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Zoom the cat realizes his lifelong dream of nautical adventure in the home of a mysterious woman with magical powers
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Product details

  • Hardback
  • 5.08 x 281.94 x 2.54mm | 340.19g
  • United States
  • English
  • First American ed.
  • 0060214481
  • 9780060214487

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115 ratings
4.01 out of 5 stars
5 34% (39)
4 37% (43)
3 26% (30)
2 2% (2)
1 1% (1)

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"<b>Le Matou Marin</b>" is an absolutely joyous story: exquisitely, emotionally depicting the most adorable cat you ever saw, in a captain's hat! '<b>Bébert</b>' is presumably '<i>Zoom</i>' from the English <i>"Zoom At Sea"</i>, famous in <b>Tim Wynne-Jones</b> stories. Determining the English title was tricky. French doesn't translate well and there is a different artist for this French version I encountered at a garage sale. <b>Ken Nutt</b> isn't listed on English titles but every page is wonderfully vivid, with the effect of bringing mobility to life. Readers feel the action tangibly in black & white drawings of tremendous depth! This polite, creative kitty fulfills his wish to go sailing for real. <b>Bébert</b> habitually used household items like wooden spoons, wicker baskets, and the kitchen tap to simulate rowing experiences for fun. In an attic, he discovers the portrait, telescope, captain's hat, and diary of an '<i>Oncle Roy</i>'. He is elated that a relative loved sailing like he does and had actually pursued it. Better still, there was a business or name card with an address he could take a bus to. My favourite portrait is of <i>'Maria'</i> answering the door to this daintily-sitting white cat on the doorstep, cute and of the utmost manners, smiling hopefully with the telescope at his feet. There is no explanation of how she does it, or why sea birds and other marine life emerge out of jugs, pots, and pans in her home. It's exciting that at the turn of an impressive dial, her home opens up to the sea and <b>Bébert</b> sails a real raft to his heart's content. He thanks her for this marvellous day and is welcomed to return as much as he likes. This story, that I'd love to see extended more deeply, is pure bliss and joy all the way through.show more
by C. Riedel
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