Doodle Cat Is Bored

Scribe. (Doodle Cat: Bk. 2). Nov. 2020. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781950354344.
PreS-Gr 1–Nobody seems to care that Doodle Cat is bored. The relatable anguish of this feeling is palpable as the red cat stands in the spotlight all alone. Dejected and forlorn, Doodle Cat finds a mysterious object that readers will identify as a crayon. Is it to eat soup with? Can you dig or dance with it? Doodle Cat discovers it is for doodling, and boredom is no more. Expressive and emotive, Patrick’s simple ink, crayon, and acrylic illustrations capture the big feelings so many children face, acted out by a cat who seems to be more comfortable on two legs than four. Doodle Cat’s illustrations of himself surfing on the wave of farts, pangolin parties, and Noodle Cat spaghetti remain uproariously funny on multiple readings. Doodling to exhaustion, the cat invites readers in: “What will you draw?”
VERDICT A great addition for early literacy story times, but even older readers will enjoy Doodle Cat’s imagination, antics, and silly humor.

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