Five Black Cats – Patricia Hegarty, illustrations by Julia Woolf

51znng-44hlFive Black Cats – Patricia Hegarty, illustrations by Julia Woolf, Tiger Tales, (9781589252394), 2016

Format: Board Book

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  3

Genre:   Picture book

What did you like about the book?  In rhyming text we follow five black cats on a spooky adventure.  The cats all end up at a spooky house where they have a few scares before finding themselves at a party.  “All of sudden, someone turns on the light. What a surprise – it’s the ghosts’ party night!”  The illustrations are filled with Halloween staples such as bats, spiders, and owl, ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, ghosts, a witch  and a skeleton.  The book is just spooky enough for young children.  A nice addition to Halloween themed titles.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  At times the rhyme can become a little forced, but overall it scans well.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a fun, slightly spooky tale for very young children.  A nice addition to Halloween story times for babies and toddlers.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Holiday board books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:            1/14/17             

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