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Sunday, April 17, 2011

There are NO cats in this book, written and illustrated by Viviane Schwarz. Candlewick, Random House, 2010. $20.00 ages 3 and up

"Sorry we can't stay.
Nice to have met you.
Let's go out of the book
this way.
We just have to get through
Everybody PUSH..."

Full of fun, and so much charm, this picture book will have young listeners begging for more. As she did in her first book about Andre, Tiny and Moonpie, Viviane Schwarz offers up an interactive tale that features wondrous pop-ups and collage artwork. We are all thrilled to spend time with these endearing and lovable felines.

Their faces are full of wide-eyed wonder, and unmistakable surprise when they notice that we are watching. They quickly want us to know that, while they are happy to see us again, they are on the brink of departure and looking for grand adventure. They long to see all that the world offers!

The suitcases are full and ready, but they can't seem to make their way out of the book. They push. They jump. Nothing seems appropriate for the leave-taking. Maybe...a wish will make it happen. They have a fervent request...'please help us'!

Readers will love that they have to manipulate the pages as they go along. Add to that the back and forth conversation that the cats encourage, making each one of us a part of their ongoing saga. If this is your first meeting with Andre, Tiny and Moonpie, you want to get right out to the library or a bookstore and see what they were up to in There are cats in this book (Candlewick, 2008).

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