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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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

"Have you come to visit?

The thing is,
we're just about to go.

Yes, we're going to see
the world...."

I trust that you met these cats in their first cleverly interactive book (There are cats in this book, Candlewick, 2008). I bought many copies to give to children just discovering the joys of books and reading. It was the perfect story to cause giggles galore and a repeated reading response. Ah, there may be parents out there who want to throttle me, but I love the giggles. Just as I do with this second go with the adventurous felines. I have shared it in a number of classrooms and in literature workshops...the response is the same from children and adults.

In this book, there are NO cats!  Well, so they say! In fact, on first contact, Andre, Tiny and Moonpie are packing. They are readying themselves to see the world. They are sorry...but, they just can't stay! They try numerous ways of leaving...pushing their way out, jumping, even wishing with all their might. Maybe our readers can help. Close your eyes and WISH! Wahoo...we did it!

What do you think? Should we wait for them to come back for a visit? If we do, they might bring a surprise.

The art is such fun, and young readers are totally involved in every step taken, from the speech bubbles on the end papers, to the surprise at the end.  There are flaps and pop-ups, speech bubbles and requests for responses. Get your smile'll be using it!

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