Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? Rascally cat likes to play in her big messy pile, and dog tries to convince her to clean up, with varying success. Most of the other friends in the book – elephant, penguin, owl – are annoyed with cat’s mess. Giraffe goes with the flow and shy fox doesn’t say a word. The illustrations are fabulous: jewel toned pencil and collage elements of the pile are put together to reveal a panorama on the second-to-last spread. Word bubbles convey the simple dialogue and give the story a modern, fun feel. I love how the characters channel a child’s reluctance to clean, with consequences droll and serious, and how dog is cat’s friend but also her conscience. I’ll definitely read this at story time!
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Include this in a story time about cleaning up, with Wells’ Max Cleans Up. For ages 3-5.
Who should buy this book? Day cares and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Picture 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: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: February 9, 2017