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Friday, December 12, 2014

Here Comes Santa Cat, written by Deborah Underwood, with pictures by Claudia Rueda. Dial Books, Penguin. 2014. $18.99 ages 4 and up

"You're going to give
presents to children?

That's wonderful!
What happened?

The children didn't
want the presents?

What were you giving them?"

It was only recently I told you about Here Comes the Easter Cat. I love that book! So, I was anxious to see Cat in Santa garb when I heard that Deborah Underwood had written another installment. What a fun experience it has been to read it numerous times! I am almost giddy to read it to my granddaughter next week when she arrives.

This time Cat is going to take the proverbial bull by the horns and ensure that he gets a Christmas gift, even if it means he has to give it to himself. I wonder why he worries that he may not get one? Do you think he knows the naughty and nice song? I love his self-satisfied smirk as he finishes checking out Christmas store windows. There must be something there he especially likes, don't you think?

Lessons need to be learned; there is much that Santa does that is not usual fare for a cat. He has to learn about chimneys; he doesn't like that much and certainly looks worse for the wear. Why use reindeer when you can use a jet pack? Of course, you must be efficient at that as well.

Imagine his consternation when the real Santa doesn't gift himself. Rather, he gives gifts to others. At this point, do you think nice might work? You will love to see how much trouble a cat can actually generate while trying to help. In the end, he endears himself to a kitten, his indulgent narrator, and even Santa himself.

This is a terrific sequel and it reminds me that a gifted team is more than capable of repeating the success of the first one. It also gives hope to the dream that there may just be an upcoming addition to what might then be called a series. Although there is no hint at what is around the corner, might Cupid Cat be far from thought? My fingers are crossed!

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