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Monday, December 23, 2013

Nat the Cat Can Sleep Like That, wirtten by Victoria Allenby and illustrated by Tara Anderson. Pajama Press, 2013. $19.95 ages 3 and up

"Nat can sleep in
dresser drawers,
Or in front of
bedroom doors.
Under blankets,
on a stair,
upside-down on
someone's chair -
Nat the cat
can sleep like that!"

While I make no bones about cats not being my pet of choice, I have often voiced the wish to come back in my next life as just that...a cat! I would love to lie in glorious sunshine and bask in the care people give to keep their finicky feline content.

If you know cats, you know that they can sleep almost anywhere that seems just a little bit cozy! But, what happens when a new and irritating kitten arrives on the scene. Intent on having company, the little one is relentless in waking Nat, all the while hoping to share good times. When Nat awakens (which he does every night when the house and its inhabitants are sleeping), he plays his part in schooling the young 'un. That only lasts as long as the little one has the energy to play. After that, there is only energy for napping.

The text is just right for little ones, and for those wanting to read books on their own. It evokes movement, and typical feline behaviors. The mixed media artwork (pencil crayon, watercolor, gouache, acrylics and glaze) adds charm and delight to the reading. The bright colors and textured images are sure to interest young listeners, while adding a parallel story to the one told in words.

They are sure to want to hear it again and again. So, be prepared!

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