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Sunday, September 26, 2010

I don't want a cool cat! Written and illustrated by Emma Dodd. Little Brown, Hachette. 2010. $19.99 ages 2 and up

"I don't want a cool cat.
A treat-me-like-a-fool cat.
I don't want a stuffy cat.
A huffy, over-fluffy cat."

If you haven't read  I Don't Want a Posh Dog (Little Brown, 2009), you might want to check it out of the library or see if you can find a copy. Then, you need to meet the cats in this lively, enjoyable, and oh so, readable companion. You can tell by the cat on the cover that we will be dealing with attitude as these feisty felines saunter, caper and languish across the double-page spreads created to accompany the brilliant rhythmic words. Young readers will soon be reading this on their own with all the expression suggested in the well chosen language.

The characters are well-drawn and detailed. The space changes with the cat's size and gives young readers an accurate portrayal of those mentioned. As you read, there will be much to discuss. Cats have a reputation to uphold and uphold it they do in these humorous illustrations.

But, the little girl is pretty particular herself and she is not about to become the owner of a cat that doesn't measure up to her expectations. She has no use for the prize-winning cat, or the snobby one, or even the 'cool' one. She knows what she wants and she gets it!

Young listeners will find enough fun here to ask for a repeat visit, and it will be just as much fun the second time around. Enjoy!

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