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

Happy Halloween, Mittens

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Happy Halloween, Mittens

Lola M. Schaefer

Pictures by Susan Kathleen Hartung

Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2010

From the dust jacket: “Nick is getting ready for Halloween, and Mittens wants to help. But the only thing he seems to be good at is making a mess—until Mittens finds his own way to contribute to the special night’s spooky good fun.”

This is a beginning reader book that is very cute. The print is very large, with simple sentences that carry the story along. The pictures are sweet and show lots of expression in both Nick and Mittens. When you and your kittens are getting ready for Halloween, this is the perfect book to read! You’ll laugh at Mitten’s antics, feel a little sorry for him when he gets into trouble but want to cheer when he finally saves the holiday!

Rating 4 out of 5 paws for a very cute gray tabby kitten that reminds mom of {Angel} Agnes.



Bad Kitty: Scaredy-Cat

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Bad Kitty: Scaredy-Cat


Nick Bruel

A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Book Press, 2016

From the dust jacket, “Kitty wasn’t always such a scaredy-cat.  She used to be brave. She used to be daring. She used to be energetic! That is, until one late October day a group of terrifying monsters showed up on her doorstop. (I think that’s supposed to be ‘doorstep’). There was … an Angry Alien and a Bizarre Bigfoot and a Creepy clown!

“Then kitty became scared … very scared. Until she discovered they came with Candy. In this spookily hilarious picture book, she’s up against something scary, something creepy, and something more frightening than Puppy’s slobber: Halloween.”

Here’s yet another book about a kitty being bad, and yet again, I don’t like reading books about cats being bad. And, like Rotten Ralph, Bad Kitty is not a prettily illustrated cat. She’s not as ugly as Rotten Ralph, but she’s definitely on the ugly side of the fence. Why do authors and illustrators think that only ugly cats can misbehave? PeggySue is a beautiful cat – but boy is she rotten when she wants to be!

Anyway, this book about Halloween is pretty cute – it counts down the alphabet several times; first all about who Kitty was (a gallant kitty, an inept kitty, a kittenish kitty. Then, as trick or treaters begin coming to the house, the reader counts down a Bad Kitty alphabet of monsters! The third time there’s a Bad Kitty alphabet it’s all about the candy the trick or treaters dropped – which just sets her off in frantic Bad Kitty-walloping the monsters alphabet. That one is very funny!!

Since I sort-of like Bad Kitty, I’ll be giving her another chance in a Christmas book I’ll be reading later. But for now, her rating is 3 out of 5 paws. Her story was cute but she sure isn’t!!!




Tea with Oliver

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Tea with Oliver

Mika Song

Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017

From the dust jacket, “Dear Reader, Oliver is not like other cats. He likes cookies and tea. Just like me. I think we will be best friends…if he will just read one of my letters! Philbert the Mouse.”

It’s usually cat vs. mouse in most stories but in this one, Tea with Oliver, the reader learns just because someone is different doesn’t mean you can’t hang out with them! Oliver’s story is sweet and we enjoyed the illustrations.

Rating, 3 out of 5 paws because we liked it – we just didn’t love it. Maybe with different illustrations… .