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BLUE CAT by Charlie Eve Ryan


by Charlie Eve Ryan ; illustrated by Charlie Eve Ryan

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-63592-134-2
Publisher: StarBerry Books

A cat engages in typical feline behavior before settling in for a snuggle.

Blue Cat smiles out from the cover. Blue Cat’s fur has a textured, almost stuccolike look, and the character’s edges are slightly blurred, creating a sense of softness. Inside, the illustrations have a collage-style appearance and folk-art feel. Some items in the pictures are textured like Blue Cat, others have crosshatching, both fine (the floor) and coarse (yarn balls). Still others, such as the wallpaper and curtains, are smooth, with small repeating patterns. These echo the designs on the front (floral) and back (hearts and cherries) endpapers. The brief text consists of short declarative sentences, most starting with “Blue Cat” and including just one other word: “Blue Cat lounges…stretches…swats,” etc. After taking a flying leap at the fish bowl and spending some time being petted (as the fish gives Blue Cat serious side-eye), Blue Cat hears something and takes off again. Readers will likely be surprised to discover that Blue Cat should more accurately be called Blue Kitten, as is clear in comparison with the much larger (bright red) Mama Cat. The brevity and predictability of the text suggest that this would be most suitable for toddlers. Older listeners might be happier with Kathi Appelt and Penelope Dullaghan’s more energetic and equally blue Max (Max Attacks, 2019).

Appealing illustrations and minimal, repetitive text make this ideal for toddlers.

(Picture book. 2-5)