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.