I Am a Cat

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I am a Cat

Galia Bernstein
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2017

From the dust jacket, “Simon thinks he’s a cat. But Lion, Cheetah, Puma, Panther and Tiger disagree. Can Simon convince the big cats that they are all more alike than they seem?”

I love reading books when the main character is named after me! Well, at least we share the same name! Anyway, for every reason the big cats give for why Simon is not a cat, Simon just takes it all in and in the end, he challenges what they believe. My favorite part is in the beginning when Simon says, “I am a Cat” and at first, the big cats just stare at him, and then they burst out laughing wildly. So funny! Your kittens will just love this book! And maybe they’ll get the subtle lesson that while we are different on the outside, we are really all the same on the inside!!!

Rating 5 out of 5 paws – Simon is just too adorable not to rate a 5!



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Poetry From Scratch

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Poetry from Scratch
A Kitten’s Book of Verse

Jennifer McCartney
The Countryman Press, 2016

From the back of the book, “Poems by cats. About cats and things that cats care about. Cats. They’re temperamental and aloof. They don’t come when they’re called. They don’t fetch balls. They scorn any attempt at love and affection. So is it any wonder that cats are terrific poets? Here you’ll find both angst and attitude, humor and hubris, with poems like “Feed Me”:

I’d like to file a formal complaint:
(The Ritz this certainly ain’t)
My dish has been bare
Since nine past a hair!
Madam, soon I’ll lose all restraint.

“This collection of purr-ty good poetry offers something for every cat lover.”

Ha, ha!!! So funny – these poems are great. I wish I had written them because the author has captured the feline so perfectly in her poetry (actually, the cat’s poetry dictated to their human secretary). There’s haiku:

Haiku of Shame
Returned from the vet
Plastic cone embarrassment
Please, please kill me now

There’s also classic poetry as it was originally written before being stolen by humans:

O Captain! My Captain!
O Captain! My Captain!
Our fearful trip to the vet is done:
My body has weather’d every shot,
the prize you sought is won;
The house is near, the birds I hear,
The neighbor’s dog exulting.
While follow eyes the steady keep,
this Honda Vessel grim and daring:
                But O scratch! Scratch! Scratch!
                         O the bleeding drops of red,
                                Where o’er the steering wheel my Captain lies,
                                    Fallen cold and dead.
As punishment.
For taking me to the vet.

Funny, right? And so true. If only I could get out of the pet carrier!

Rating 5 out of 5 – Accompanying the outstanding poems are wonderful pictures of cats and kittens, mostly tabbies, but beautiful nonetheless!!


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You Are NOT a Cat!

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You Are NOT a Cat!

Sharon G. Flake
Illustrated by Anna Raff
Boyds Mills Press, 2016

From the dust jacket, “Cat thinks Duck should stop meowing and act like a duck. But Duck has other ideas.”

Totally cute story about a crazy duck who acts like a squirrel one day and a cat the next. What will he be tomorrow? We don’t find out but he does drive Cat loony with his meowing and other cat-imitating behavior. Duck ties leaves on his head for ears and an acorn around his neck like Cat’s collar. But Cat isn’t having any of it – or so he thinks!

I enjoyed this book and laughed at Duck’s antics. It would make for some fun reading to the youngest kittens – they could help out by meowing like Duck and quack, quacking like Cat. The mix-up is hilarious!

Rating: 4 out of 5 paws for laughter and cute illustrations.



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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


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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