The Cat Book
Candlewick Press, 2017
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!!
A Cat Named Swan
Random House, 2017
From the back of the book: “When this abandoned kitten is adopted, his whole world is transformed….”
Sweet little kitten wakes up to find his mother and siblings gone – and of course the reader’s heart is breaking. Poor kitten wanders the city streets eating garbage to survive. By now the reader is wondering “Is there an upside to this story?” Well, I’m here to tell you, there is! One day the kitten is stuck in a tree and eventually rescued by Animal Control and taken to a (hopefully no-kill) shelter. He is soon adopted, named Swan, and learns to love and accept love by humans.
This story is more real, I think, than fantasy. It’s very stark in its depiction of the dangers that street cats and kittens face. It’s very truthful when it comes to shelters. A quote for your consideration: “But now there was food. Soon, when nothing harmed him or frightened him, he became less afraid. The new place was safe. Boredom was better than misery.” Did you pick up on that left-handed compliment? ‘Boredom better than misery.’ I’m sure shelters are boring for formerly outdoor kitties. I was never in a shelter, having been placed in a foster home immediately from the streets. And, even though the author is telling the story from the kittens’ POV, that phrase just struck me as odd in a children’s picture book. Maybe I’m just being overly picky; it just bothers me. The rest of the story is, of course, the happily ever after fairy tale. Swan is loved by all and learns to love his humans.
Although it is a lovely story, I’m not sure I would read it to my kittens. The first part is too real for the very youngest. And as the type is small-medium, and there’s a lot of words, beginning readers might have difficulty with it on their own. All-in-all, a well-written book with lovely illustrations; it’s just not for me.
Rating 3 out of 3 paws for being too raw for my tastes in the beginning.
Here Comes the Easter Cat
Pictures by Claudia Rueda
Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, 2014
From the dust jacket: “Move over, Easter Bunny. Here comes Cat. He’s got a sparkly suit, a shiny red motorcycle, and one burning desire: to take LOTS of naps. Sorry – that’s not right. What is it, Cat? Oh, yes – got it. One burning desire: TO TAKE OVER EASTER.”
This is a book I need to put on my list to buy! At first I chuckled; then I laughed; and then I guffawed!! And regular readers of this blog know how much I adore funny books. Especially hilarious books with cats. And, I LOVE this book! It is so cute, so funny, I’m tempted to ‘lose’ this book and pay the library for it. But I won’t do that because I don’t want anyone else to be deprived of its hilarity.
So, here’s this cat, or rather, Cat, who is orange and fat and cute and doesn’t speak. He holds up signs of pictures of what he wants to say. As the reader reads the book – best read out-loud, BTW, s/he (the reader) has a conversation with Cat. And Cat is full of personality and a lot of cat-tiude that all cat-servants will recognize in their own cat overlords. Cat is determined to be the Easter Bunny. But the Easter Bunny works very hard and Cat, well, being a cat, may or may not be willing to work that hard! I won’t tell you what happens because I don’t want to spoil it! Do you remember the review I did during Christmas of A Very Fuddles Christmas? Easter Cat is as funny as that one. Please, do yourself a favor, see if your library has this book, check it out and enjoy!!!
Rating 5 of 5 paws because – hello??? – did you read my review?
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!