Bunny’s Easter Egg

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Bunny’s Easter Egg

Anne Mortimer
Katherine Tegan Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2010

From the dust jacket: “Bunny has spent a long night hiding Easter eggs, and now it’s time to get some rest. But when she burrows down to sleep, something disturbs her, and everywhere else she tries to nap just isn’t right. She tries the old oak tree – too noisy! She tries a little boat on the lily pond – too wet! She tries the greenhouse – oh no! Where will Bunny go? Anne Mortimer’s charming story is just right for Easter-time sharing.”

As usual, I loved this little book. Why “as usual?” Because it’s illustrated (and written) by the wonderful and talented Anne Mortimer. I love all her books, especially her cat books. But this book is filled with wonderful woodland and farm creatures that are so adorable, so real, you just want to scoop up the bunny or the birds or the hedgehog and just squeeze them!

Of course, the story is cute as well, Bunny trying all over the place to take a nap only to end up where she started and is surprised by an Easter gift! Three cheers for Bunny and Anne Mortimer.

Rating 5 out of 5 paws, if you read the above review, I don’t have to tell you why!

Reviewer:

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Simon

 

A Pussycat’s Christmas

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Margaret Wise Brown

Illustrated by Anne Mortimer

HarperCollins Publishers, 1994, 1949

From the dust jacket: “How can you tell when it’s Christmas? Is it the snow? Is it the rustle of tissue paper? Or the sound of bells? Or the music of a song? Here is all the mystery and beauty of Christmas seen through the eyes of a cat, told in a simple, rhythmic story by Margaret Wise Brown, and illustrated with beautiful paintings by Anne Mortimer.”

First of all, any book with Anne Mortimer’s illustrations and story by Margaret Wise Brown is going to be wonderful. Second, any book that has a beautiful cat at the center of the story is going to be extra wonderful. And third, any book that has a tuxedo cat as it’s star is going to be extraordinarily wonderful!! This book is extraordinarily beautiful and wonderful! The story makes you want Christmas here right now! The pictures make you want to roll in the snow and listen to the quiet of Christmas Eve night. Maybe even spy Santa up in the sky – like PussyCat did! The text is medium size so it is perfect for early readers to read to the younger ones – especially on Christmas Eve. So gather the kittens around and savor a sweet story of wonder and enchantment. 

Rating 5 paws

Reviewers: PeggySue & BobbieSue

 

Pumpkin Cat

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Pumpkin Cat

Anne Mortimer, Author and illustrator!

Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2011

In this book a black cat (like me!) wonders how pumpkins grow. A little brown mouse shows him how. The plant the seed in a pot, then later, they plant them outside. As the weather warms and the plants grow the cat and mouse watch as the bees pollinate pumpkins, build a scarecrow to keep the crows away until, finally it is time for harvest. The big beautiful orange pumpkin is chosen and mouse has one more surprise for cat: he carves it into a jack-o-lantern (with a cat face, of course!) and wishes everyone a Happy Halloween.

The illustrations are wonderful; another Anne Mortimer beauty. The text is easy for early readers and the story is entertaining as well as educational. Be warned: if you read this book in spring, you’ll find yourself wanting to plant pumpkins!

I first posted this review in January, 2015, but I’m going to be posting a number of Halloween books this month so I thought I’d start out with this one. 

Rating: 4 paws

0621aReviewer:  Simon, A True Halloween Cat

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4 Books Illustrated by Anne Mortimer

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All of these books have three things in common: 1. they are picture books; 2. they are all about cats; and 3, they are illustrated by Anne Mortimer. I think she has become my new favorite artist!

The Lighthouse Cat

Sue Stainton, author

Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2004

An old lighthouse sits on the coast with an old man as its keeper. He lives there by himself, walking up and down the light house many times a day keeping the candles lit in the lantern of the lighthouse. Once a week (if the sea is friendly) he gets a boat of supplies from the fishing village. One week he finds a stowaway on board – a grey tabby cat that he names Mackerel. Mackerel keeps the lighthouse keeper company and during a storm one night, he saves a boat from crashing on the rocks when the light goes out.

There is also a page on historical lighthouses of England!

Another beautifully illustrated book by Anne Mortimer. She puts such detail in all of her paintings. She must paint each strand of fur on the cats individually – such detail makes the pictures realistic, actually better than that. They could come alive with the cats leaping off the page! This is a book I wish we could add to our collection.

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Rating: 4 paws because Mackerel looks like Agnes, plus just as plush and velvety!

 

Pumpkin Cat

Anne Mortimer, Author and illustrator!

Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2011

In this book a black cat (like me!) wonders how pumpkins grow. A little brown mouse shows him how. The plant the seed in a pot, then later, they plant them outside. As the weather warms and the plants grow the cat and mouse watch as the bees pollinate pumpkins, build a scarecrow to keep the crows away until, finally it is time for harvest. The big beautiful orange pumpkin is chosen and mouse has one more surprise for cat: he carves it into a jack-o-lantern (with a cat face, of course!) and wishes everyone a Happy Halloween.

The illustrations are wonderful; another Anne Mortimer beauty. The text is easy for early readers and the story is entertaining as well as educational. Be warned: if you read this book in spring, you’ll find yourself wanting to plant pumpkins!

 

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Rating: 4 paws because the black cat is almost as beautiful as I am!

 

I Love Cats

Sue Stainton, author

Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2007

I Love Cats is basically a book of all types of cats and a showcase for Anne Mortimer’s artwork. Perfect for early readers, the cats are matched by descriptive terms, for instance, a thin cat is labeled “Thin cats.” One of my favorites is the “angry cat” because the illustration shows a cat bearing its fangs. I also like the “cats that think” because the cat has some books. A cute book to read to toddlers and for older toddlers to read to you!

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Rating: 3 paws for all the many varied cats described!

 

A Kitten’s Year

Nancy Raines Day, author

HarperCollins Publishers, 2000

The simple text leads the reader through the year of a kitten’s life. Starting in January, the kitten peeks at a snowcat, plays with toys in February, stalks fish and frogs in March and so, with each month until December where she lays down to dream and wakes up a cat. 

The illustrations are amazingly detailed and simply beautiful. We borrowed this book (as well as the others) from the library because of the illustrator, Anne Mortimer, and we were not disappointed.

This is one book we wouldn’t mind owning!

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Rating : 4 paws for showing the sweet, adorable side of a kitten (and glossing over all the craziness they exhibit from time to time!).

mar 5 2005a Reviewer: Simon

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Christmas Mouse

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Christmas Mouse

Anne Mortimer

Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers

Another beautifully illustrated book by Anne Mortimer. The mouse, who really looks a bit more like a gerbil to me is busy decorating the house for Christmas. He hangs lights in the hall, ornaments on the tree and puts out presents – even for a sleeping cat! The mouse offers gingerbread to a passing robin and eats some ice cream. Finally he plays games and sings carols with his little mouse friends before settling down to wait for Santa Claus.

Very sweet Christmas book to read during Christmas week.

Rating: 4 paws for lots of yummy things to eat and a beautiful sleeping cat.

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feb 26 05ab Reviewer: Simon

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Here are some more Christmas Mouse books! There’s plenty to choose from!