**Book listings on our website do not always reflect the current availability of books on our store shelves. Check a book's in-store availability above the "add to cart" button. Or to be certain that a book you've found on our website is also here on our shelves, feel free to call us at 615-953-2243**
SumoKitty tries so hard to teach an eager puppy the way of catching mice, but the puppy doesn't quite get the requirements down. Can cat and dog become friends, and can SumoPuppy find a place to fit in? This sweet book is brightly illustrated and a fun read-aloud.— Chelsea
SumoKitty has taken on an apprentice--but can this eager puppy truly learn the ways of a feline?
SumoKitty tries his best to teach an eager but undisciplined puppy the feline ways of catching mice. But this rambunctious newcomer doesn't seem cut out for the job. She drools, snores, and chases away the mice with her constant barking! Can she find a place in the sumo stable--and in SumoKitty's heart?
—Foreword, starred review
A new fur baby attempts to earn her place in the heya.
Following the misadventures of SumoKitty (2019), the black-and-white feline diligently watches over the heya, or training center, alongside Kuma, the yokozuna, or grand champion. While they both have grown in skill—Kuma in sumo, the cat in hunting for mice—the friends are older now and want to pass down their knowledge. While Kuma is already busy teaching, SumoKitty longs for a student, lamenting that kittens live too far away, “on the other side of the river.” Surprisingly, a pug puppy dubbed Chanko-chan is brought to the heya. Chanko-chan quickly chooses SumoKitty as her target of affection; a montage of the annoyances the kitty endures ensues. SumoKitty attempts to teach the pup to catch mice, with disastrous results, and Chanko-chan is kicked out. But the little dog’s dedication and bravery are unmatched, and she finds a way to prove herself to the sumo wrestlers. The spare narrative leaves most of the humor and emotional arc of the story to the detailed illustrations. Cool colors are juxtaposed with warmer tones, and while the humans are depicted realistically, the animals have a more cartoonish look, especially bug-eyed Chanko-chan. The tale is set in Japan, and Japanese terms are interspersed throughout, along with definitions.
A sweet and silly tale of a raucous yet deeply courageous pup.