Golly! What a week!
A graduation! A twentieth birthday! And first copies of three new books! All within 5 days!
It’s no wonder I don’t know where the week went, yet here we are at Friday again!
Friday is a really excellent day. It means we’re about to get a weekend, and it means a list of Perfect Picture Books to enjoy over that weekend – an unbeatable combination! All we need to make it true perfection is a nice chocolatey snack to go along with our picture books and our weekend 🙂 (Those of us who are mothers might luck out 🙂 )
I had another book in mind for today. Something Mother’s Day-ish. Based on the jacket copy I thought I’d love it. But when I read it my reaction could only be described as meh (not what you want for a Perfect Picture Book!) and then I read this one and loved it start to finish, so there was really no contest, even though technically this one is NOT Mother’s Day-ish. Preconceived idea out, awesome surprise book in 🙂 I hope you like it too 🙂
Title: Lost Cat
Written & Illustrated By: C. Roger Mader
Houghton Mifflin Books For Children, October 2013, Fiction
Suitable For Ages: 4-8
Themes/Topics: journey, pets, love (person/pet)
Opening: “Ever since Slipper was a tiny kitten, she’d lived with a little old lady in a little old house in a little old town.”
Brief Synopsis: Slipper has always lived happily with Mrs. Fluffy Slippers, but when Mrs. Fluffy Slippers moves, Slipper accidentally gets left behind in the commotion. Slippers searches for a new home, but not just any home will do – it has to be the right one. Will she find a new family she can adopt?
(Sorry – I can’t make that picture turn the right way around so you’ll have to tilt your head! 🙂 )
Why I Like This Book: First and foremost, I love the art! Soft pastels that render that beautiful kitty so life-like! Her expressions are perfect, especially her fright at High Tops, her polite pleading with Miss Shiny Shoes, and her bliss on the last two pages. And the cat’s-eye-view perspective is wonderful. The story is a sweet one with both humorous and poignant moments. I love that all the people in the story are named for their footwear – which is what Slippers sees of them first 🙂 And most of all, I love that this lost cat story has a happy ending 🙂
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂
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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂
Oh, and P.S. For those of you who didn’t already see it on FaceBook, my single first copies of my new books DID arrive 🙂 🙂 🙂