Nat the Cat
Can Sleep Like That
Illustrations by Tara Anderson
From the dust jacket: “Nat has a talent for sleeping all day long. Name any place in the house and Nat can sleep in, on, under, or sprawled across it. In fact, Nat is so devoted to slumber that the kitten’s energetic escapades don’t bother him one bit, until …
“When the night time quiet falls,
When strange shadows fill the halls,
“Now Nat is all fired up and ready to go! Will the kitten be able to keep up, or is it time for her to find the perfect place to settle down for a wee nap?
“Victoria Allenby’s rhythmic verse perfectly accompanies Tara Anderson’s irresistible art. Cat lovers young and old will delight in this not-quite-ready-for-bedtime treat.”
Toby particularly loved this book when I read it to him – he likes anything that stars a ginger man-cat. But I think it’s because the way and where Nat sleeps. Just like Toby, Nat can sleep on his back, in drawers, half-on and half-off a shelf, in sunpuddles and always in mom’s way when she’s busy around the house. Me? I find the most comfortable spot around – mom’s bed – at least 99.9% of the time! At night, also just like Nat, Toby seems to get a second wind and tears around the house like a madcat, tearing up the place!
This is a fun book for kittens; the book jacket says it’s a good bedtime book, but I don’t think so – it’s liable to excite your kittens rather than settle them down. Maybe you can read it to them after naptime to get them going again. The rhymes are easy, the printing is large and a mix of black and white/yellow on dark and white background, and the illustrations are so cute!! We really enjoyed it!
Rating 4 out of 5 paws for a sleeping ginger cat like Toby!!!
BIG CAT, little cat
Roaring Brook Press, 2017
From the dust jacket: “There was a cat who lived alone. Until the day a new cat came … . From award-winning author Elisha Cooper comes a poignant story about friendship, family, and new beginnings.”
From the description on the dust jacket, it would seem this book is rather simple – but it’s not. Well, it is, on the surface. A cat lives alone with his family; they bring home a new kitten; the older (big) cat teaches the younger (little) cat how to be a cat. They have many years together until the older cat goes away – and doesn’t come back. Sad. But … . Can’t say – don’t want to ruin it.
Big Cat, Little Cat is a perfect vehicle for opening a dialog with your kittens about life and death and life. The very simple line drawings pack a punch, the words are few but powerful and the story evokes emotions of both joy and grief. The book is like haiku in that for a true wordsmith it only takes a few words to communicate volumes. Experienced readers will certainly be able to read the book on their own – but read it as a family, instead. It may evoke memories both joyful and sad that need to be spoken aloud so the love may be paid forward.
Rating: 5 of 5 paws because it’s a truly beautiful story that is overflowing with the truth of life.
William Heads to Hollywood
International Cat of Mystery
Templar Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press, 2016
From the dust jacket, “Someone has stolen the statues for the Golden Cuckoo Awards the night before the ceremony. Only William is debonair enough to schmooze the stars and learn who the culprit is. But every cat has his own feline fatale to contend with, and our hero is no exception…. Mischief, glamour, and romance await in this cinematic caper from the creator of William & the Missing Masterpiece.”
Another cute cat picture book! This is like the cozy mysteries BobbieSue reads, only with pictures. I liked the story a lot and the illustrations just a little. I prefer my cats more realistic looking, but I know most kittens like funny-looking cats and other creatures (including humans). It’s a good mystery, just the thing to get kittens interested in reading and trying to figure out who the culprit was/is. I had my suspicions and I was correct in the end, but I also enjoyed the journey with William and his feline fatale, Audrey Mieowski.
Rating: 3 of 5 paws because although the mystery was … mysterious … the illustrations weren’t very appealing to me.
Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2011
From the dust jacket: “Fuddles is not your ordinary housecat. Instead of sitting around the house, eating and visiting his litter box, he dreams of scaling mountains and defeating ferocious foes—but Mom always blocks his way. Yet Fuddles knows in his heart-of-hearts that he is, in fact, a great adventurer, and he’s determined to go out!
“Except when he finally makes it outside things don’t really go as planned. After being laughed at, chased, and otherwise put through the wringer, Fuddles realizes that he really misses his family (and is more than a little hungry).
“Frans Vischer’s charming, witty picture book debut shows that the grass may not always be greener on the other side.”
I love me some Fuddles!!! The first Fuddles book I reviewed was A Very Fuddles Christmas and it was hilarious. This one is the first Fuddles book and is just as funny. Poor pampered kitty gets into so much trouble when he escapes outside! I’ll bet he listens to his Mom from now on! None of us cats understand why our Mom won’t let us outside. Maybe it would be funny like Fuddles’ adventure; but then again, maybe it would be very scary! And, I would hate to be away from food too long!!! Anyway, Fuddles is full of bravado and anticipation but he soon learns it’s better to listen to the people who love you and have only your safety in mind!!!
Rating 5 out of 5 paws because it’s very funny, very true and very Fuddles!
Illustrated by Bee Wiley
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2006
From the dust jacket, “It’s Cats’ Visiting Night at the Art Gallery and all the city’s cats are gathering to look at cat paintings. But where are they? There were paintings of dogs, birds, tigers, even fish – but hardly a painted cat to be seen!
“Felissima Cat ponders the problem and back in her studio, paintbrush in paw, she decides to put cats where they belong. Meredith Hooper’s delightfully illustrated tale, stylishly illustrated by Bee Willey, introduces young readers to six great masterpieces in the great art museums of London, Madrid, New York and Paris.”
Where are the cats in the famous paintings of the world? Why aren’t cats depicted more often? After all, cats have always been around! That’s the question posed in the book and Felissima Cat becomes a Celebrity after painting cats in masterpieces like the Mona Lisa, Van Gogh’s chair and others. But after a while Felissima gets tired of being so famous among the cats. She returns to her artist studio and continues to paint, but this time, with her own ideas instead of copying the masters.
The text is medium small, but easy to read. Younger kittens may need help with some of the words but it is worth the effort. The illustrations of the cats are stylized and very pretty. Cat lovers and art lovers will enjoy this book. It will encourage you to take your kittens to your local art museum to search for cats in those paintings. And, if you don’t see any, maybe try to figure out where they are and what they’re doing!!
Rating: 3 out of 5 paws for a nice story about cats and art.