This season's first candidate for Pat the Bunny market, a book with a good chance for commercial success, and with a better chance for library sales than Pat the Runny since it is not so definitely a toy book. There's a continuous, though very simple story of a vain kitten who was so conceited that he thought he was more beautiful than anyone else. In every picture of the kitten there's a soft texture finish which actually can be felt -- until the kitten tumbles into a tub of water in his effort to see himself better. He emerges dripping and no longer fuzzy and beautiful; his pride takes a tumble too, and when his fluffiness comes back, he realizes that his beauty is not imperishable. So there's a moral to the tale -- plus the sensory value which makes it fun with two and three year olds, who are old enough to like the story too. Meg Wohlberg, whose pictures you remember in Elijah the Fishbite, is the illustrator.