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The Cat Ate My Gymsuit is such an unusual title that it is sure to arouse curiosity. If readers expect humor, they will get it, but it is well blended with worthwhile values and character development. (p. 333)

For all its marvelous humor, this book is still realistic. Marcy's sense of humor is a counterbalance to her father's negative influence and helps keep her going.

The Cat Ate My Gymsuit is a thoroughly enjoyable, tightly written, funny/sad tale of an unglamorous but plucky girl who is imaginative, believable, and worthy of emulation. (p. 335)

"Books for Young People: 'The Cat Ate My Gymsuit'" (copyright 1976 by the International Reading Association, Inc.; reprinted with permission of the International Reading Association), in Journal of Reading, Vol. 19, No. 4, January, 1976, pp. 333, 335.


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