Waffles and Pancake: Planetary-yum by Drew Brockinton. Little, Brown and Company, 2021. 9781647326999
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 2
Format: Paperback graphic novel
What did you like about the book? Dad-Cat decides to take his kittens, Waffles and Pancake, to the science museum in the big city. As they explore, they discover the planetarium and the wonders of the stars. Lunch turns out to be the highlight of the day for the kittens, to dad’s disappointment. A brief moment arises when the little ones get separated from dad, and then find an employee to assist them; a good demonstration of what to do if little ones are separated from adults in a public place. Brief with few words but much colorful illustration, this title would be a hit with early or struggling readers.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Plot and character development are minimal in this title. Some of the vocabulary used is likely to be a bit difficult for the reading level.
To whom would you recommend this book? Readers in grades 1 to 4, who enjoy simple graphic novels like Bad Kitty may like this title.
Who should buy this book? This would be a good purchase for elementary schools or public libraries that cannot get enough simple graphic novels with cats as the main characters.
Where would you shelve it ? Graphic novels, perhaps with other early graphic novels if you separate.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? I feel that this title would reside near the bottom of the “to read” pile.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Elena Schuck, Nathaniel H. Wixon School Library, Dennis, Massachusetts
Date of review: October 27, 2021