Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? Ballet Cat is back for another sweet and silly story with a very relatable theme. Goat (or the Great Goatini) and Cat want to impress Grandma with their feats of magic and ballet respectively. Both of the show are her favorite, but which was her favorite favorite? These over-the-top characters presented in bright colors with bold motion lines show the energy of these two grandchildren competing for the affections of a sleepy Grandma. Like Shea’s previous Ballet Cat books, this has a humor that will appeal to emerging readers in particular as they decode text and illustrations together for the entire joke! The best part of this story is an answer to the age-old question of “favorites.”
Anything you didn’t like about it? It would have been nice to see Goat present a little more variety in his magic. Ballet Cat has had several books to present her skills; shouldn’t Goat get some cool magic tricks that he’s developed since he debut in Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great?
To whom would you recommend this book? Recommended for readers who have enjoyed the character of Ballet Cat previously or those who are interested in more books like Elephant and Piggie.
Who should buy this book? Childrens’ library collections (public and school)
Where would you shelve it ? Picture books collection
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No. Consider it for RA for emergent/beginning readers, but maybe bypass this one as a storytime selection.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Melissa McCleary, Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, MA
Date of review: December 16, 2016