Whose Moon is That?

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Whose Moon is That?

Kim Krans
Random House Children’s Books, 2017

From the back of the book, “A curious cat with a cosmic question…”

A curious cat asks the question, “Whose moon is that?” He received answers from a tree, a bird, a wolf and a bear, from mountains, sky, and the sea. They all lay claim to the moon but then the moon finally speaks up and says he belongs to “one and all, and none, throughout eternity.”

Quite a lovely book – the background night sky is beautifully painted and all the animals are black and white sketches. The gentle rhyme carries the reader along from page to page and would be a very soothing nap- or bed-time book for curious kittens.

Rating 4 out of 5 paws for its beauty and because the book is brand new – I’m one of the first to read it and it has the heavenly new-book scent, second only to tuna!

 

Reviewer: simon-locSimon

Meow!

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Meow!

Victoria Ying
Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2017

From the dust jacket, “Meow? (That means ‘Will you play with me?’) MEOW! (I want to play now!) Meow… Hmm…what does that mean?

“In this mostly wordless picture book, Victoria Ying’s charming illustrations tell the story of a sweet and sassy kitten who just wants to play.”

Ooo – I really liked this kitten. He’s so cute when he’s mad and then when he gets in trouble with his parents, I felt really sorry for him. Adorable book for adorable kittens – and those not so adorable kittens as well. Enjoy reading it with your kittens as soon you can!

Rating 4 out of 5 paws for lots of meow reasons.

Reviewer: simon-locSimon

Papa Piccolo

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Papa Piccolo

Carol Talley
Illustrated by Itoko Maeno
Marsh Media, 1992, 2008

From the dust jacket: “The lion is the emblem of Venice, but the common cat rules its narrow streets and alleyways. A prince among these feline rulers is Piccolo, and what a fine life he leads! Especially after dark—when the streets are full of possibilities!

“Then one night, Piccolo makes a discovery that threatens his carefree life and his independence and starts him on a new and special kind of adventure.

“In these pages, you will also meet Caesar—Piccolo’s older and somewhat cynical friend, and Sophia—the shoe shop cat, to whom Piccolo turns for advice when his life takes it turn. And you will meet two irresistible kittens—one spotted and one striped—who need a home and who help Piccolo discover his own tender heart.”

Piccolo is quite the roaming tomcat – he and his pal Caesar patrol their streets looking for mischief and sardines! All that changes when he meets two homeless kittens and after he tries to pawn the kittens off on a female friend, Sophia (she says absolutely not!), they win him over and he becomes a papa.

This is an adorable book that offers a different kind of family – one that has a boy cat looking after kittens. The author wrote it to teach boys that it’s okay to be nurturing but thankfully, the teaching part comes as an afterword at the end of the book and not as a part of the story. The illustrations of Venice are wonderful – it makes me want to go there!

Rating: 4 out of 5 paws because Piccolo rescued some kittens and is proud to be a papa!

Reviewer: simon-loc Simon

Stack the Cats

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Stack the Cats

Susie Ghahremani
Abrams Appleseed, Abrams Books, 2017

From the book jacket, “One cat sleeps. Two cats play. Three cats stack!”

“Cats of all shapes and sizes scamper, yawn, and stretch across the pages of this playful counting book. And every now and then, some of them pile into the purrfect cat stack!”

Totally awesome book! For the youngest of readers, the bright colors and simple sentences help kittens learn to count, and, add/subtract basic numbers as well! The cats are adorable – you do have to get past the idea that some of the cats aren’t drawn with legs (just imagine the limbs folded underneath their bodies – loaf style). The bright colors aren’t typical red, blue, yellow, etc.; instead there’s coral, mustard yellow, and seafoam green cats. Here at the Library, we love this stylistic and mod book for kittens!

Rating: 4 out of 5 paws for totally cool stacking cats.

Reviewer:

simon-loc
Simon

 

Cat Dreams

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Cat Dreams

Ursula K. Le Guin
Illustrated by S. D. Schindler
Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2009

From the dust jacket: “Climb into a cat’s dreamland! It’s raining mice, all the dogs have run away and a big bowl of kibbles and cream is waiting.”

It’s as if the author peeked inside my head to see what I dream of!!! Beautifully illustrated with gorgeous detailed imaginings of what all cats secretly hope for – lots of mice, no drooling dogs, a never-ending bowl of yummy goodness and even a cat nip tree to climb!! The rhymed text is large with simple words that dance across the page enchanting toddlers and beginning readers alike. The young kittens in your household will ask you to read this book to them again and again!

Rating 4 out of 5 paws for big bowls of cream, raining mice and scared dogs!! Also for moms who hold you when you’re scared.

Reviewer:

simon-loc
Simon