Ugly Cat & Pablo by Isabel Quintero, with illustrations by Tom Knight

     Ugly Cat & Pablo by Isabel Quintero, with illustrations by Tom Knight,  Scholastic, 2017. 9780545940917

Format: ARC

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3.5

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book? Cat and mouse friends Ugly and Pablo rouse themselves on a lazy summer day to search for treats and adventure in the park. They find their friend Big Mike, a bulldog, and as friends sometime do, alternately tease each other and work together for the goal of tasty paletas. Variegated typefaces and silly black and white cartoons give kid-appeal. Humorous inter-friend drama and relatable food oriented adventure make this short chapter book an easy sell. Liberally sprinkled with Spanish.

Anything you didn’t like about it? A glossary or definitions of the Spanish words would help this win universal appeal.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Give this to kids ages 8-10 who like silly animal stories.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Fiction

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: August 3, 2017

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