by Carolyn Sloan
illustrated by Fritz Wegner
"Mr. Blot is a painter. He paints pictures of cats - not ordinary cats, but me! He paints me every morning on a fresh piece of paper and he calls me Carter."
So begins this crazy story about a cat named Carter who is painted each day by his master/painter, Mr. Blot. Each day, Carter is made anew. Afresh. And slightly askew. One day, poor Carter is left feeling awfully blue.
Quite literally, due to an unfortunate brush and paint accident.
And so becomes the laughingstock of Fred and Ruby, two cats who live at the cafe.
On Tuesday, Mr. Blot forgets to fill in Carter's outline, thus rendering him invisible. Which could come in quite handy for a mischevious cat.
And on Wednesday? My goodness, on Wednesday Mr. Blot is kind of stingy with the paint, and thus, poor Carter is so thin he slips down the sewer grating while out catting around. A kind lady rescues him, takes him in, and feeds him all her meat loaf.
But the fun really begins, when one day, Mr. Blot doesn't come home. So Carter, feeling fine and dandy in his newly painted upright carriage and handsome suit, and eager to try something new, opens Mr. Blot's paintbox, takes out a tube of paint and squeezes "a big red squeeze."
And then, Carter gives this book a most appropriate ending.
Carter paints . . .
in the bathtub.
And leaves him there.