Perfect Picture Book Friday – Lost Cat

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?

Links To Resources: Washington Children’s Choice Award Activities (scroll about 1/2 way down the pdf); Fun Facts About Cats; How To Draw A Cat video; learn to draw a cat step-by-step guide.

(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 🙂

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

PPBF folks, please add your titles and post-specific links (and any other info you feel like filling out 🙂 ) to the form below so we can all come see what fabulous picture books you’ve chosen to share this week!

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 🙂 🙂 🙂

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8 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Lost Cat

  1. ptnozell says:

    Three BIG events, three NEW books – there’s gotta be a picture book hidden somewhere in here! Congratulations! This is BIG even from a human’s perspective – and I can’t imagine what it looks like from the cat’s eye view.

    I haven’t seen Lost Cat before, but it looks like a wonderful story about love & loss, and experiencing the world from a little one’s perspective.

    Happy Mother’s Day (and happy celebrate-the-week’s milestones day)!

  2. Gabi Snyder says:

    I love a good lost animal story as long as there’s a happy ending! And the art in LOST CAT looks amazing. Thanks for sharing!

    Beautiful covers on your THREE NEW BOOKS — wow!

  3. viviankirkfield says:

    Awesomeness is in bloom, Susanna! So happy about the books, the birthday, the graduation…and any other good stuff that is blooming around Blueberry Hill. 😉
    As always, thanks so much for this excellent picture book platform…I always look forward to connecting on Friday!
    And a big Happy Mother’s Day to you! And to all of our other kid lit moms.

  4. Diane Tulloch says:

    Congratulations on your Big Three Events, and those three books look awesome. Guess we were in zinc this week as mine is also a pet in cute illustrations. Have a great weekend and “Happy Mother’s Day.” (We celebrate on Sunday down here and are taking Mum out to a local restaurant for lunch).

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