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Boris is more than a cat; he's a catalyst.

Adopted from a shelter at the age of four (or maybe seven, or maybe
eight), Boris was originally named Hunter --- a nice, safe,
generally appropriate if somewhat yuppie cat name. Within days,
though, he proves himself worthy of the name Boris. He's as sharp
as the claws he uses for climbing trees, and his owner, who wears
long skirts and doesn't own an iron or a pair of nylons, loves him
for it.

Boris is the center of a larger story, told in free verse. Cynthia
Rylant uses her thoughts and observations of Boris to talk about
larger life themes, including love, independence, and personal

Rylant's writing is beautiful and insightful, and aspiring poets
can learn a lot from it. That said, I believe that women who are
taking control of their own lives and living happily will
especially enjoy the messages in BORIS. Living happily is a message
that teens can certainly benefit from, but because of the adult
perspective and lack of focus on the lives of teens, adult readers
will appreciate this book the most.


Reviewed by Carlie Webber on October 18, 2011

by Cynthia Rylant

  • Publication Date: April 1, 2005
  • Genres: Nonfiction, Poetry
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
  • ISBN-10: 015205412X
  • ISBN-13: 9780152054120