Doodle Cat Wears A Cape

Scribe Publications. Oct. 2019. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781947534988.
PreS-Gr 1–A red cat donning a tea towel as a cape shows off his silly superhero abilities. When he stumbles upon a sad blue pangolin in Converse-style sneakers, Doodle Cat enacts his range of superpowers in an attempt to cheer him up. When all of his comical tricks are used up, he offers Pangolin a hug and a tea towel, to be worn as a cape. Pangolin quickly cheers up and shows off his own abilities. The illustrations switch from full-color animals with generous white space, to black-and-white outlined animals featuring their colored capes, to single-page spreads full of bold color. The narrative line is simple and straightforward, making this picture book a playful choice for early readers who enjoy amusing stories.
VERDICT For silly books about empathy, pair this title with Mo Willems’s My Friend is Sad or Michael Ian Black’s I’m Sad. Recommended for most large collections.

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