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#blogbookaday: Big Cat, Little Cat

12 Jan

26158605.jpgSummary:  “There was a cat
who lived alone.
Until the day
a new cat came . . .

And so a story of friendship begins, following two cats through their days, months, and years until one day, the older cat has to go. And he doesn’t come back.

This is a poignant story, told in measured text and bold black-and-white illustrations about life and the act of moving on.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Well, this one hit me right in the feels. It is a simple story of cat with simple text and simple drawings until you turn the page and then it becomes the powerful story of loss, grief and new beginnings. If you ever need a title to suggest to someone who has recently lost a pet, then you definitely need to suggest this book, it’s absolutely perfect in it’s simplicity with simple ink drawings and a message that you won’t soon forget.

Personal Reaction: I’m a librarian that prefers dogs to cats, not to say I dislike cats, I just prefer dogs. But, I’m sure you can imagine the number of comments and jokes one hears about being a cat-lady. That being said, I began this story, not knowing where it was headed, in fact, enjoying the friendship of the cats, until you turn that page and BOOM – the truth hits you in an unexpected way. And honestly, I almost started tearing up. It’s amazing how just the right words, written in just the right way can ring so true and profound, but that’s what Elisha Cooper was able to do in this book.

Title: Big Cat, Little Cat
Author: Elisha Cooper
Illustrator: Elisha Cooper
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: March 14, 2017

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!


Picture Book Month: Cats

18 Nov

18Observation is the name of this game in this creative picture book when one cat is shown in a variety of ways from the perspective of different animals. I think this is a great title for preschoolers and early elementary school age children to look at the world in a very different way. Pick out something at home and draw how it might look from different perspectives to make your out picture book just like They All Saw a Cat.
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25 Picture Books for Halloween

29 Oct

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  1. Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown
  2. Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler, illustrated by S.D. Schindler
  3. Shivery Shades of Halloween by Mary McKenna Siddals, illustrated by Jimmy Pickering
  4. Vunce Upon a Time by J. Otto Seibold, illustrated by Siobhan Vivian
  5. Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin
  6. 10 Trick-or-Treaters by Janet Schulman
  7. Ten Orange Pumpkins: A Counting Book by Stephen Savage
  8. The Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey
  9. A Very Brave Witch by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Harry Bliss
  10. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams, Megan Lloyd

  11. Ghosts In the House! by Kazuno Kohara
  12. If You’re A Monster And You Know It by Rebecca Emberley, illustrated by Ed Emberley
  13. Go Away Big, Green Monster by Ed Emberley
  14. The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz
  15. Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo
  16. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Alex Scheffler
  17. Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes, illustrated by Yuyi Morales
  18. AlphaOops: H Is for Halloween by Alethea Kontis, illustrated by Bob Kolar
  19. Mouse’s First Halloween by Lauren Thompson
  20. Where’s My Mummy? by Carolyn Crimi, illustrated by John Manders
  21. I Am a Witch’s Cat by Harriet Muncaster
  22. Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming
  23. Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas
  24. Little Boo by Sephen Wunderli, illustrated by Tim Zeitner
  25. Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper

Book Review: The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss

18 Feb

22388055.jpgAs a former children’s librarian and book lover, I know Dr. Seuss’s work like the back of my hand, I know his real name was Theodore Seuss Geisel and I know we now have an easy reader award named in his honor.  What I didn’t know was that he was an artist in his own right – a part that was wholly separate from who he was as an author/illustrator.

My partner hid my anniversary gift on our bookshelf and told me to find it – we have a floor to ceiling book shelf in our office filled (almost to the brim) with books of all sizes and sorts. He’s figured out that books make me a very happy person, so for Christmas he did something similar and found the exact edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them  that I was looking for and added it to my Harry Potter shelf (yes, Harry gets his own shelf). So for our anniversary, he added The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss to my picture book shelf – not exactly the right location, but I’ll forgive him for that.

This book is a collection of pieces done by Dr. Seuss that had never before been seen by the public or published in any of his children’s books. And it is fascinating! You can see the images and know it’s a Dr. Seuss piece, but at the same time many are very different from what you see in his artwork for his books. The art he created for himself is more developed in that there are backgrounds that are more fully realized and architecture that brings to mind M.C. Escher. And then you’ll see a part of the painting that brings to mind one of his books – it’s extremely interesting to see!

If you enjoy art and children’s literature, I highly recommend paging through this book. The only thing I wanted more of was background about Dr. Seuss’s life and his view on his artwork, but the introduction by Maurice Sendak is extremely interesting as they were close friends and seeing a little more into both their lives gives you, as the reader, a new perspective.

Picture Book Month Theme: Cats

12 Nov


You’ll be seeing a lot of picture books on my blog throughout the month of November as we celebrate Picture Book Month.  You’ll definitely want to check out the website as picture book authors and illustrators will be posting an essay each day about the importance of picture books!  Check back daily for some great pictures surrounding a specific theme!

  1. Cat the Cat: Who Is That? by Mo Willems
  2. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
  3. Chester by Mélanie Watt
  4. Mr. Pusskins: A Love Story by Sam Lloyd
  5. Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
  6. Splat the Cat byRob Scotton
  7. What Will Fat Cat Sit On? by Jan Thomas
  8. There Are Cats In This Book by Viviane Schwarz
  9. Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner
  10. Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
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