January 19, 2018

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Pick of the Day: Here Comes the Easter Cat

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Here Comes the Easter CatUnderwood, Deborah. Here Comes the Easter Cat. illus. by Claudia Rueda. 80p. Dial. Jan. 2014. RTE $16.99. ISBN 9780803739390. LC 2012038134.
PreS-Gr 2–What happens when a lazy cat decides he wants to take over Easter? Readers meet Cat, who conveys his thoughts with pictures and facial expressions. As the story progresses, Cat becomes more and more convinced he is the perfect candidate to replace the Easter Bunny. Will he get his way? The narrator, who kids will enjoy pretending to be, explains Cat’s actions and asks all the right questions. “Clothes? No, you don’t need special clothes. Well…the Easter Bunny does wear a very nice vest. Wow. That’s very…sparkly.” This is a book that will be enjoyed in storytimes as well as one-on-one. The wonderful ink-and-color pencil illustrations depict the characters’ expressions perfectly, enabling children to decipher what is happening even without the narrative. The combination of witty text, plentiful white space, and brilliant images make this a truly winning book, especially for libraries looking to expand their Easter collections.–Brooke Rasche, La Crosse Public Library, WI

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