Lola Gets a Cat

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Lola Gets a Cat

Anna McQuinn
Illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
Charlesbridge, 2017

From the dust jacket: “Lola really wants a cat. But Mommy says pets are a lot of work. Lola is eager to find out more.
“She reads all about cats at the library. She takes extra good care of her stuffed cat toys. When Lola finally gets to adopt a cat of her own, she knows just what to do.”

Awwwww – this book is very Awwwww worthy! If you’re a human and your kitten, er, child wants a cat, this is a book to read. It shows exactly how it should happen. Read, practice, adopt!!!

Lola is so adorable with all her cat paraphernalia in her room (she reminds me of mom and her cat stuff!). We ABSOLUTELY LOVE that Lola’s mom takes her to the LIBRARY to find out more information. Books are way better than Googling it! Then she puts in to practice what she’s read – never were stuffed kitties so well fed! Then it’s time and off to the shelter they go – another thing we ABSOLUTELY LOVE! – to find the right kitty. Kitty is finally brought home and learns how much Lola loves her.

Thinking of adopting one of us regal creatures to grace your home? Read this ‘how-to’ book first! You won’t regret it.

Rating 5 out of 5 paws because there is nothing we don’t like about this story and has everything to love in it!!

Reviewer:

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Simon

 

Mr. Putter & Tabby Write the Book

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Cynthia Rylant

Illustrated by Arthur Howard

Harcourt Books, 2005

Mr. Putter and his orange cat, Tabby, are enjoying a cold winter indoors where it is warm and cozy. One day Mr. Putter has an idea to write a mystery novel. He gathers his materials and thinks up a title for his book. He is so happy with his title he celebrates by fixing himself a snack in the kitchen and then he took a nap. The next day he sits down to write the first chapter – after a long breakfast with Tabby. While he’s thinking of what to write he goes about the house and does chores. Will he ever write the book? He spends his whole day doing stuff other than actually writing. On the third day he still wants to write but instead of writing a mystery, he makes a list of “Good Things” and is happy with that.  And by taking stock of what is good in his life, he opens himself to many more good things to come.

A very cute book, although Mr. Putter is the star and not Tabby. The illustrations are bright and cheerful,  the print is large enough for early chapter readers to enjoy this book on their own.

Rating: 3 paws

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Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book

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Golden Books, Random House, 2013
          From the forward by the author: “Dear Reader, If you are like most Americans, you grew up with Little Golden Books. … We at Golden Books think there’s a good chance that many of us learned pretty much everything that really matters about life from what we read between those sturdy, gilt-bound cardboard covers. … Our country has faced some hard times of late, and we’ve been forced to look at ourselves and how we’re living our lives. …Maybe this book can help you! After all, Little Golden Books were first published during the dark days of World War II, and they’ve been comforting people during trying times ever since – while gently teaching us a thing or two.”
          What a sweet book!  It is compilation of many illustrations from many different Little Golden Books and recaptioned to gently remind the reader to enjoy life. I loved it – but then I love those little books. Many of the illustrations were familiar to me and it was good to see favorite artists again (Eloise Wilkin, Gustaf Tenggren). But I also ran across some books that were new to me, ones that I’d like to read even all these years later!  It’s a great book to give a friend  – or even yourself – when they’re feeling like life has run them over. We love this book very much and although the copy we read is a library book, we wouldn’t mind having a copy for ourselves!!
4 pawsRating 4 out of 5 paws
simon 2 locReviewer: Simon

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

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Written and Illustrated by Brian Selznick
Scholastic Press, 2007
 
From inside the cover:  “Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks – like the gears of the clocks he keeps – with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the train station, Hugo’s undercover life and his most precious secret are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo’s dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender and spellbinding mystery.”
 
This is really a beautiful book – not only in words but in pictures. It’s not a graphic novel, it’s a novel told with words and pictures. The story itself is mysterious, spellbinding, heart-rending, and, ultimately, joyous. But the hand drawn pictures are something else entirely. Drawn in pencil, the images are incredibly lifelike and I found myself just staring at them for long minutes at a time, fascinated by the beauty of pencil lines. The emotions of Hugo and Isabelle are so realistically drawn, I was easily drawn into their world. There are a few tense moments and worrisome events, but nothing to be overly concerned about. Hugo does have to steal from other shops in the train station – but he does it only too keep from starving and to make his dream come true. In the end, all is resolved and made right. PLUS – there is no dreaded time jump without a warning! At the end of the story, the author has thoughtfully included a two-page spread announcement reading “Six-months later” so the reader can make the adjustment in his/her head. (If you have read our reviews before you will know how much we HATE abrupt time-jumps at the conclusion of a novel!)
 
Rating 4 paws
 
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I read this book after reading another blogger’s review (go HERE to read it).
 
We read this book as a part of the Summer Reading Challenge.
 
Topic: Read a Book That Became a Movie
 
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2 books on crayons!

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The Day the Crayons Quit & The Day the Crayons Came Home

Drew Daywalt
Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Philomel Books, an imprint of the Penguin Group, 2013 & 2015, respectively

Two adorable picture books about crayons! Who would have thought such an ordinary, everyday object could be so funny!

In the first book, the crayons have mostly decided that they work too hard and they need a rest so they all write letters to their boy, Duncan, stating their grievances. My favorite letters were from Blue because he had been used so much he was nothing but a stump; Pink because she wasn’t used enough; and Black because he was tired of only being used to outline drawings and why couldn’t he be used to color a black beach ball?!!

 

In the second book, we meet new crayons – ones that have gone missing and send postcards to Duncan begging him to come get them! This one is definitely the funnier of the two books – I couldn’t stop laughing the whole time. What were my favorite crayons? Pea Green who changed his name to Esteban because nobody likes pea green – the soup or the color; Neon Red who travels the world to come home to Duncan; and Glow-in-the-Dark who got left in the basement after Halloween and is very scared.

Because the letters are written in ‘crayon’ beginning readers might have difficulty with the words; the books are really great read aloud books — they’re fun, expressive and imaginative. When you read these books to your kittens, be sure to ask what their crayons would say – would they want to quit, too? Or would they want to come home from under the stove or out in the backyard?

Both books receive 4 paws for pounds of pure funny!!!!

simon 2 locReviewer: Simon

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