Nancy Paulson Books, Penguin Young Readers, 2012
From the dust jacket, “Cats rule! And this funny, endearing look at cat culture celebrates all the wonders of our fabulous feline friends – from whiskers to tail. Do you ever wonder how cats achieve the perfect balance of “cattitude” and cuteness? How they’ve mastered the art of charming humans? Here, all the tricks of their trade are revealed as a wise cat happily shares essential advice with the younger generation. Entertaining lessons abound, including a catwalk through history, guidance on what animals to catch (mouse = do, gerbil = don’t), and the importance of purr therapy to calm your humans.”
Loved this book! It’s funny and so true!! We cats are shown to be superior to humans in every way, especially in communication skills. Humans are so weird – and LOUD! We really need to teach our humans the more refined, subtle message of ‘cat’. And I loved the closing ‘words of wisdom’ – “Keep your outside mild, but your inside wild.”
Rating: 4 out of 5 – for absolute total cuteness and fact!!!!
From the dust jacket, “Softly padding through the darkness, Moonlight explores the world on her favorite night, Halloween. The town and countryside glow with shining stars. The wide yellow moon lights pumpkins, raccoons, and children out having fun….
“Told in eloquently simple, lyrical words, with dazzling, Luminous paintings, Moonlight evokes not just the excitement of Halloween, but something more – the reassuring warmth and friendliness that is a special part of this special night.”
This is an early, early reader book – one that doesn’t have lots of crazy action, but instead, it has a sweet black cat (like me!) strolling through her neighborhood on Halloween night. It’s a perfect book to read after the festivities are over, to help calm the kittens down for a good night’s sleep.
Rating: 4 out of 5 paws for a lovely book about Halloween night!
From the dust jacket: “One stormy night just before Halloween, a soaked ginger cat finds shelter in a warm library. Pumpkin Cat, as she is named by the welcoming librarians, realizes how luck she is to have found a safe place where she’s cared for and where children come to visit every day.
“Yet once the sun sets and Pumpkin Cat is alone, she recognizes that the library can’t yet truly be called “home.” Something special is missing—but what is it?”
This is a completely sweet story about a ginger (orange, or red) cat swept away by a rain storm only to wash up across the street from a library. And even though she is well loved by everyone, she still longs for something that would make her home a home.
The publisher recommends the book for 3-7 year-olds and considering the long story and large number of words, I would say that it’s an accurate age range. But, the younger kittens would enjoy the book being read to them, if only to enjoy the watercolor illustrations which are expressive and very pretty. It is a Halloween book and even though the kitty is scared a little, there’s nothing scary about it. This is a lovely seasonal book that doesn’t have to be read in season!
Rating 4 out of 5 paws because Pumpkin Cat is orange like Toby and he insisted it be so!!
Collins, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2002
From the dust jacket, “’Mog was tired… Mog thought, “I want to sleep forever.” And so she did. But a little bit of her stayed awake to see what would happen next…’
“Judith Kerr’s stories about Mog have delighted children for more than thirty years and sold over three million copies worldwide. In Goodbye Mog, Judith Kerr uses characteristic warmth and humor to create an extra-special book about everyone’s favourite family cat.”
This is one of those books that talks about the death of a family pet in a gentle way. The author reminds the reader that even though the cat (or other pet) is physically gone from our lives, they remain there in spirit. This reminds me of something I read or heard somewhere – that as long as you remember your loved one they are never really dead. I like that at the end of the book, Mog moves on spiritually when his work is finished – as so often happens, when one pet leaves their human a new one comes along, not to replace the first pet, but to help the human heal and move forward in love and peace.
If you, your family, or someone you know has suffered the death of a beloved pet, this sweet picture book is an ideal way to approach the subject and, maybe, begin the healing process.
Rating 4 out of 5 paws; the author tackles a tough subject with absolute gentleness and hope.
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.