Kirkus Reviews QR Code
CAT SKIDOO by Bethany Roberts


by Bethany Roberts & illustrated by R.W. Alley

Age Range: 2 - 6

Pub Date: May 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-8050-6710-8
Publisher: Henry Holt

Two chubby, frisky kittens race around the house and yard playing cat skidoo, which seems to entail chasing everything that moves while wreaking havoc. They go after birds, battle a rubber ball, escape a dog, and finally return to the house for milk and a nap that includes a dream of dog chasing. Roberts’s short, rhythmic text is as much fun to read as it is to hear. Alley’s expertise shines in the watercolor-and-ink illustrations. The kittens are expressive without being too anthropomorphic. Toddlers won’t need to read to tell the story of the kittens’ adventure, and they’ll find ample detail to embellish their versions. This will be best for sharing one-on-one or with small groups since many of the smiles and laughs are in the details. (Picture book. 2-6)