Illustrated by Anne Mortimer
Hyperion Books for Children, 2001
From the dust jacket: “When the sun sets, it’s time for Kittycat to go to bed. After all, she’s had a very busy day of scaring mice and swatting yarn balls. Beautifully illustrated by Anne Mortimer, this lyrical poem offers a lullaby to help Kitty (and children) drift into sleep, and a gentle reassurance that bad dreams will stay away.”
I love Anne Mortimer’s cats. Or rather, her illustrations of cats (I don’t know her or her cats personally) in picture books are so plush and velvety – or at least that’s the way they look. One of our previous Board Members, Baby Agnes had plush fur that was thick and soft. Kittycat in this book reminds me so much of Baby Agnes, with her stripes, short body, sweet face and that velvety, plush, soft fur. Even the mouse in the book looks soft. She must paint each strand of fur separately to have that effect.
The poem, or lullaby, is soft and soothing, and like the publisher states on the dust jacket, will help your busy kittens drift off to sleep. This book makes me smile – and feel warm and cozy inside, too!
Rating 5 out of 5 paws because I am enchanted with Anne Mortimer’s cats and kittens.