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Thursday Three: Cats

Another PBS Booklights repost:

Grumpy Cat
by Britta Teckentrup

Grumpy CatThe plot isn’t uncharted territory, but it doesn’t matter. A loner cat finds his personal space invaded and grows to accept the intruder, even as a friend. The bright colors, the simple text, and the cutey cute cuteness of the kitten intruder make this book special. The large, broadly drawn pages and big print make it a good storytime book — no danger that someone can’t see the pictures here. There are some wonderful expressions to the simple illustrations — especially the Grumpy Cat’s angry face. A fun book, probably best for the twos and threes.

Cat Jumped In!
written by Tess Weaver, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully

Cat Jumped In!On a warm summer day, Cat jumps in the window of the house and gets into all kinds of messes through the day. At each untidy encounter, he is met by a pair of legs (that we can assume connect to a person) and the repeating phrase, “Cat? Out!” I like how the phrase “Tip-tap, pitter-pat came footsteps, closer and closer” gets steadily more tips and taps and pitters and pats and there’s a growing urgency to the “OUT!” The illustrations are perfect for a book about a cat, lively and soft at the same time. Great for all ages.

Katie Loves the Kittens
by John Himmelman

Katie Loves the KittensFirst of all, gotta love the cover of a happy dog plowing through three kittens and their surprised expressions as they flip through the air. Katie, the dog, is excited that her owner brought home three kittens. So excited that she howls like crazy — and freaks those kittens out! Being scolded for scaring them, she tries to control herself (with a priceless picture of her tail wagging until her whole body is shaking), but can’t. Katie is so sad that she scares the kittens, that she goes back to bed. There, where she is quiet, the kittens come to her. Wonderful book about kittens, dogs, and yes — patience. Personally, I’ve seen this book read and enjoyed by both a toddler and a teen, so I’d say this title has certainly got some range.

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