Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
A beautiful black tuxedo cat comes to live in a Paris apartment. He loves the apartment – every square inch of it, especially the balcony. He enjoys climbing the rooftops of the neighboring houses and loves to sit on top of the world – at least as he sees it. One day as he is napping a pigeon lands on his balcony and he goes after it – and over the edge! He falls 6 stories but manages to escape with only his spirit injured. He gives up his balcony and stays inside the apartment hidden – that is until a crow lands on his balcony. He is more careful this time when he tries to catch the bird – and the crow leads him up on the rooftops and back on top of the world!
I loved the book – but before I get into that, I must say to humans out there – if you have a balcony, please, Please, PLEASE make sure there is some type of fencing or netting around it! While this story doesn’t end tragically, any cat – or dog, for that matter – who falls more than one story up will likely be injured! In the story the cat was just doing his ‘cat-thing’; it is up to the human to keep him safe!
Okay PSA over – back to the review. The book is really very pretty and sweet. The pastel drawings are amazing, especially with the expression on the cats face when he is going after the birds. Some of the story is told in comic book fashion – with the action progressing along in small frames; that technique adds to it and keeps the story visually moving. The font is medium-large so great for early readers and bedtime story telling. And, I like how on some of the illustrations the sentences follow the architecture of the buildings.
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2013
Beautifully illustrated and sensitively told, the reader goes on a journey with Slippers who is left behind when her human moves away. She runs after the departing moving van but is unable to catch-up and finds herself lost. Slippers is not downcast but instead sets off to find a new person to adopt. Told from the cat’s height, all we see are the shoes that Slippers sees and how she chooses her new human based on those shoes.
Here’s another PSA – when moving, please put your beloved pets in the bathroom or other closed off room so they don’t escape and if you have the forgetfuls, put a can of pet food on your dashboard to remind you, “Did you get the pets?”
Both books reviewed by Simon.
Both books written and illustrated by C. Roger Mader. I was unable to find any verifiable info or photo of the author.