What Cats Think

Pajama Pr. Oct. 2019. 44p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781772780871.
Gr 1-4–Anyone who has spent time with a cat is well acquainted with their mannerisms. This book perfectly encapsulates everything that is elegant and enigmatic, sinister and sassy in feline behavior. Free-verse poems provide glimpses into the minds of cats, always with a clever, subtle sense of humor. These verses will work well when teaching children that poetry comes in many forms, not just rhyming couplets. The illustrations are simply gorgeous, with each spread showcasing a single vibrantly hued cat in different poses that perfectly complement the text. The pouting cat that got in trouble for taking turkey off the counter is giving readers the cold shoulder. The haughty princess is looking down her aristocratic nose. The angry cat (beware of throwing away a beloved scratching post) is shown with glowing red eyes and spiky black hair standing on end. The emotion in the verse is palpable in the coordinating illustration.
VERDICT The rhythmic text and dynamic art will delight all readers, but cat lovers will take extra pleasure in the quintessentially feline traits celebrated in this book.

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