Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? This utterly adorable but merrily minor book introduces us to a box-obsessed cat. Hart explores the concepts of big and small, various colors, mine versus yours, all in the context of feline exploration. Every part of the art and design are eye-catching, from the large trim size to the flat areas of color to the bright green eyes of our protagonist that pop against a muted color scheme. It’s Tom and Jerry set in the world of 1950s Abstract Expressionism. The surprise ending brings the cat face to face with a mouse and the two become cozy buddies.
Anything you didn’t like about it? So cute, but not especially profound.
To whom would you recommend this book? Cat-obsessed librarians (I’m a dog person.). Might make a good kindergarten read aloud (colors, shapes, relative size, friendships between natural enemies.) John Willy and Freddy McGee by Holly Meade also features a pair of friends shown having adventures in a high-art-concept setting.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school or public libraries.
Where would you shelve it ? Picture books.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer: Susan Harari, Keefe Library, Boston Latin School, Boston, MA
October 18, 2018