How to Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps – Nicola Winstanley and John Martz

  How to Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps – Nicola Winstanley and John Martz, tundra, (9780735263543), 2019

Format: Hardcover picture book

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

 What did you like about the book?  The first step in giving your cat a bath is to fill the bathtub with warm water, but not too much water.  And not just a little puddle of water but enough to come up to your cat’s knees. While the little girl whose hair is pink with pompoms sticking on the top of her head, her cute little white cat with a large pink nose is reacting to all this preparation in typical cat fashion. The simple, yet emotive, illustrations were done in ink and colored digitally, playing sparsely on the page. Kids will love searching for bits of the kitty as it hides from the little girl.  A fun, fun story to read over and over again.

Anything you did not like about the book.  Perfect

 To whom would you recommend this book? This is a fun book that should appeal to almost any young person, especially those familiar with the behavior of cats – at bath time. I can picture a beginning reader reading this to a younger child.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, child-care centers and parents

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? YES!

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 2/18/2019


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