Cats are often describes as aloof, independent, and finicky, but the cats in these books will become favorites as their stories share what we love about our feline friends.
“Glamourpuss” by Sarah Weeks, Illustrated by David Small, 2015, Scholastic, ages 4-7.
Glamourpuss the cat lived in high style. Her family gave her servants, a diamond necklace, her own bedroom, and fish served on china. When Bluebelle the dog arrives for a visit, Glamourposs finds she is not the only pet princess in the house. The hilarious story of cat and dog teaches lessons about snobbery, jealousy, and friendship.
“Cats Got Talent” Ron Barrett, 2014, Simon & Schuster, ages 4-7.
Three cats must each leave their life of luxury and make the alley their new home. The three become fast friends and discover their talent for singing. Their alley concert draws a less-than appreciative audience, but the jeers lead to cat riches.
The author/illustrator, Ron Barrett, follows a similar style to his illustrations from the popular book “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”.
“Square Cat” by Elizabeth Schoonmaker, 2011, Aladdin, ages 4-7.
We all know the saying, “You can’t fit a square peg into a round hole”, but Square Cat can’t fit into a mouse hole, stand up if she tips over, or wear her round skirt without looking ridiculous. Her loyal round cat friends do their best to help her fit in. Friendship and acceptance are themes from this simple, yet humorous cat book.
“Square Cat ABC” by Elizabeth Schoonmaker, 2015, Aladdin, ages 4-7.
Square Cat and her friends Mouse and Porcupine take young readers through the alphabet with creative words, such as amazing and kerplunk. Large red alphabet letters and bright watercolor illustrations add eye-appeal to this humorous story.
“Naughty Kitty!” by Adam Stower, 2012, Orchard Books, ages 4-7.
Although seemingly innocent, Lily’s new kitty can’t be trusted to stay out of mischief. But observant young readers will notice that things are not as they might seem, and the darling kitten has a secret naughty companion. The book is a companion to “Silly Doggie!” and was written for anyone who has taken the heat for something they did not actually do.
“Matilda’s Cat” by Emily Gravett, 2012, Simon & Schuster, ages 4-7.
Matilda likes to wear her cat costume and play with her cat, riding bikes, drawing, having tea parties. But when it comes to playing, her cat has other ideas. Cat lovers know that a cat’s friendship comes only on the cat’s terms, and Matilda learns this lesson too.
Reviewed and photo by Elizabeth Dobler