Rating: (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Adventure, Animal Book
What did you like about the book? The humanistic personal emotions of the story were evident throughout the book, whether in the voice of Lina, her mother or the cat. Strong maternal feelings of caring for a cat mirrored the mother daughter relationship. The young girl could emotionally relate to the cat being left, helpless and lost to her cat mother, as she was lost in a department story. Naming and calling the cat her own was achieved after she lost, found, bonded and cherished the cat. She pledges her friendship to Sleepy, even if he does not respond, in a deep sleep. The neutral palate of the art work and expressive faces and bodies of mother, daughter and cat were very subtle yet powerful. The warm pink blanket at the end signals an awakening to a colorful lasting friendship between the cat and Lina.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The grandmother was mentioned but never pictured, which could have enlarged a multigenerational aspect to the story.
To whom would you recommend this book? Elementary school librarians, cat lovers, parents and grandparents to want to share a wonderful bedtime book.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Children picture books, animal books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State:
Diane Neylon, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Date of review: 1/13/17