Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Simple. Fun.

This is one of those delightful picture books that appeals to kids - and adults - of all ages. The language is simple - wonderfully simple, so that beginning readers can have a great time with it - and the illustrations effectively, humorously tell the rest of the story.

The life of a cat is not a simple one. The world is out there to be explored, but nothing is what it seems, and seemingly innocuous objects can act in surprising, mystifying - and hilarious - ways. Join cat as he journeys through a day out and about in his neighborhood

The combination of simple text, vibrant illustrations and abundant humor make this book ideal for groups of children of mixed ages, and I have added it to my own personal list to use for story-time programs at my library. It can be challenging to find a book that appeals to toddlers through five-year-olds, but this one certainly fits the bill.

I was unable to find a high resolution cover pic online for this one, but my kitty helpfully modeled for this photo, which turned out to be appropriate for the book, and much more fun!
Cat by Mike Dumbleton; illustrated by Craig Smith (Kane/Miller, 2008)


  1. Thanks! He's my cutie pie. :-)

  2. Ha ha! Great photo!

    I thought I had you in my blog feeds, I guess I don't since you have all these new posts since you came back from vacation and I didn't know! Huh!

  3. Thanks, Cat - you dropped out of mine, too, but I've updated the link with your new blog site. Great job on it, by the way! And I totally understand CSS nightmares - hang in there, I'm sure you'll get the hang of it!

  4. Thanks for the lovely review of CAT and the adorable photo of yours next to the book.

    If you are ever in need of an image of our books, cover images or interiors, please let me know!

  5. Thanks, Sondra! I don't know why it never occurred to me to ask. I still have some other lovely Kane/Miller books to review, and I will definitely keep your offer in mind for future posts! :-)

  6. I love the photo! :)

    Seems like the book would be great for one of my nephews.

  7. Thanks, Amber - I bet your nephews will enjoy it!


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