The Cat Book

the cat book

The Cat Book

Silvia Borando
Candlewick Press, 2017
minibombo, 2013

From the back of the book: “Say hello to your new cat. You can tickle his chin and hear him purr. But wait – was that a raindrop? Don’t let him get wet!”

This little picture book is for the earliest of readers and even tiny kittens. The pictures are very simple and full of bright colors; the text is super large with short sentences and words. The story line asks for the reader (or listener) to be involved by naming and petting the large orange cat; by squashing the cat’s fleas; trying to keep the cat from getting wet and eating a bird. This is one of those books that may require you to purchase for reading over and over and over and over again. But see if your library has it first!

 

Rating 4 of 5 paws because of the sweet, yet simple story and the fun interaction between reader/listener and book. Even I scratched the cat under the chin!!

Reviewer:

simon-loc

Simon

 

 

The Catawampus Cat

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The CATawampus Cat
Jason Carter Eaton
Pictures by Gus Gordon
Crown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, 2017

From the dust jacket, “Sometimes all it takes is a small shift in perspective to help you see what was right there all along.” “Catawampus (cat-uh-wahm-pus) n. <1. Diagonal or at an angle. 2. Askey, awry. As in: The catawampus cat walked into town one day, and that’s when everything began to change.”

Do you remember the following nursery rhyme?

There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse.
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

This story has nothing to do with a crooked man, mouse, house or cat, but for some reason it reminds me of it. Maybe it’s the crooked cat – but this cat is catawampus, not crooked! That means he walks around town at an angle which causes a lot of the townfolk to look at him – and their lives – differently. Without knowing it (or, maybe he does) he changes everything around him – and at the very end he changes himself!!!

Love the illustrations – particularly how the artist incorporates paper clippings into his illustrations (which, by the way, has inspired Mom to make some new collages!) The cat is cute, although the way he is drawn, it looks like he walks around with closed eyes – but maybe that’s to show how aloof he is to what goes on around him. The print is a medium size and printed in black on mostly light-colored backgrounds so it will be easy to read for most kittens.

Rating, 4 out of 5 paws because like all cats, he remains unique and an enigma to everyone. Also, the illustrations are inspiring to Mom!!

Reviewer:

simon-loc

Mr. Fuzzbuster Knows He’s the Favorite

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Mr. Fuzzbuster Knows He’s the Favorite

Stacy McAnulty
Illustrated by Edward Hemingway
Two Lions, Amazon, 2017

From the dust jacket: “Mr. Fuzzbuster knows he’s Lily’s favorite. After all, the two of them have been together since she was in diapers and he fit in a teacup. They spent all their time together. But now four more animals also live in the house, and each think they’re Lily’s favorite. So it’s up to Mr. Fuzzbuster to show them once and for all whom she loves best….”

This book is so cute! I just love Mr. Fuzzbuster – not only is he all black, but he’s handsome and smart – just like me!! Of course he’s Lily’s favorite. I mean, who is a lizard, a dog, a bird and a fish compared to a sleek house panther!! Well, at least that’s what we think – but it turns out, Lily is quite fair in her love for her pets and she shows each of them how much they are loved. Wonderful illustrations – they’re simple yet very expressive. You can just see the pride in Fuzzbuster’s face – but also the disappointment, too. This is a sweet book we adding to our wish list.

Rating 5 out of 5 paws because we love it and we’re sure your kittens will love it, too!!

Reviewer:

simon-loc

Simon

 

Cats’ Night Out

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Cats’ Night Out

Caroline Stutson
Illustrated by Jon Klassen
A Paula Wiseman Book, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2010

From the dust jacket, “In the city, windows light. How many cats will dance tonight?
“It’s just a quiet evening in the city. Or is it? As the sun sets in the sky, dancing felines take to the streets and rooftops for a night on the town.
“Come along one night on Easy Street as a pair of cats start to groove to the beat. Count the cats by twos (and hunt for their number hidden on the page!) in this foot-tapping, finger-snapping counting book.”

Cats, cats and more cats! Just the way I like my cat books! With each page turned, the number of cats increases, they change their clothes and the way they’re dancing! We have cats doing the samba, the fox trot, the polka, and my personal favorite – line-dancing, complete with cowcat boots! And, of course, once it reaches its crescendo – well, if I were to tell you what happens, it wouldn’t be as funny as you finding out for yourself. A perfect ending to a perfectly wonderful book! And even though the illustrations aren’t what I typically like, I don’t mind them – except that the way the cat’s eyes are drawn they all look like they’re asleep or dancing with their eyes closed. It’s a bit weird.

Rating 4 out of 5 paws because it made me smile the whole way through and laugh at the end.

Reviewer:

simon-loc

Simon

Glamourpuss

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The Enchanting World of Kitty Wigs

Julie Jackson
Photographs by Jill Johnson
Chronicle Books, 2009

If you like cats…and even if you don’t, you’ll find this book to be charming! It’s a photography book so it’s all about cats in wigs. No cats were harmed in the making of this book; however, they were coerced with lots of treats!glamourpussb

Here’s what the author says: “Why not introduce a glamorous hairstyle to spark your pet’s imagination while you snap some photos. The world is overcrowded with insulting T-shirts and booties for dogs and fluffy collars for cats that make them look like court jesters. Your fabulous feline is so much better than that, and you both know it.”glamourpussc

So, enough with the words. Let’s just get on with it and show some adorable photos. Make sure you visit the website kittywigs.com for more fun!!!glamourpussd

Rating 5 out of 5 paws because who doesn’t love cats in wigs! (My mom just better not try any on me!!)

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Reviewer: Jack

 

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