Inside Cat by Brendan Wenzel, Chronicle Kids, 2021. 9781452173191
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? Inside the front cover we see the interior of the large house that Inside Cat explores. Inside cat is composed of a bunch of scribbles with ping-pong balls for eyes. “Inside Cat knows many windows, finds a view wherever it goes. Wanders. Wonders. Gazes. Gapes. Sees the world through many shapes.” It travels from window-to-window gazing at the outside world from morning through the night. Windows are square, round, side by side, freaky (stained glass), streaky (pawprints), dusty, bubbly (window washer), blocked (venetian blinds). It sees fluffy rats (squirrels), roaring flies (helicopters), boats, birds, floating eyes (bubbles) and wild beasts (parade floats). The cat is the dominant figure chasing through the house, enjoying everything it sees. Mixed media (cut paper, colored pencil, oil pastels, marker and the computer) illustrations create a book that is a feast for the eye and the imagination.
Anything you did not like about the book? No.
To whom would you recommend this book? This story is not just for cat lovers, but for budding artists, and anyone with an imagination. A good choice for cat-themed storytimes.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries, child care centers and kindergartens.
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, Retired Librarian, Contributor Youth Services Book Review
Date of Review: November 11, 2021