FICTION

Cats Are a Liquid

Godwin Bks/Holt/. Oct. 2019. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250206596.
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PreS-Gr 2–A bevy of things cats are and aren’t is explored in rhythmic, poetic text. “Cats fill./Cats spill./Cats flow downhill./Cats tip./Cats drip./Cats grip, snip, rip./Cats are a liquid/except when they’re not.” A vast variety of hilarious cats and kid scientists are depicted on the spreads, which match and give depth to the text, as they explore the laws of nature. There is plenty of action, great facial expressions, and movement as text placement varies on each page. A kid-friendly afterword explains the genesis of the question “Are cats liquid?,” discusses matter, and has a recipe for a simple semi-solid.
VERDICT A humorous, poetic look at the solidity of cats in all their manifestations. The perfect segue to a science or poetry lesson, and good read-aloud fun as well.

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