The first thing that struck me about this genuinely charming picture book about a little girl who wants a kitty was the opening illustration. Chloe, the little girl in the book, is standing by a sign that is advertising adoptable cats! She is NOT at a pet store and NOT at a breeder’s but at a center with adoptable cats!
The second thing that struck me was the fact that Chloe’s mom, when faced with a toddler who very much wants a kitty, says, ‘Not today, Chloe’. No impulse purchases here!
Chloe really does want a kitty. She sees kitties everywhere she goes – in the clouds, in a woman’s bouffant hairdo, in the shapes of puddles on the ground and more. At night she visits ‘Kitty City’ in her dreams. Chloe has bedrooms slippers that look like kitties and bedroom décor in kitty themes.
Even the youngest readers will love searching for kitty in the colorful illustrations and visually exploring Kitty City, and readers of all ages will enjoy the illustrations themselves. Apparently this is the debut work of illustrator Yasmine Surovec, and what enjoyable illustrations these are! The artwork is minimalist and colorful (think ‘Hello Kitty’) – black outlines filled with color – but they perfectly capture the fluffiness of chubby kittens.
The text is descriptive but very basic and in large type, encouraging preschoolers to try reading it for themselves. The book has a happy ending, as Chloe wakes to find a kitty and her mama waiting outside her bedroom door!
This cheerful book will be available on Sept 24, 2013 and can be pre-ordered from Barnes & Noble. This book would delight children from ages 3 to 6. A big thank you to the author for the ‘adoptable’ cat and for mama’s thoughtful and non-impulse purchase!
Author Yasmine Surovec loves kitties. She is the artist behind the popular comic blog and book Cat vs. Human. Originally from Manila, Philippines, she now divides her time between California and Arizona with her husband and their puppy and three kitties.
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