Fred and Ginger are typical kitties…but their human isn’t always a fan.
Ginger (an orange tiger-stripe, of course) is a bit odd. “She plays with peas, / purrs at artichokes, / and speaks to pigeons.” Black puss Fred is a bit lazy; he sleeps on “sweaters (preferably white ones)” and “towels (obviously white ones)” and in the sink (white). Fred also likes to sleep under the covers of the bed (which he also fully occupies) and on top of the newspaper (when it’s being read). “He is friends with the vase, and the side table” (rubbing up against them) but certainly “NOT the vacuum” (when it is turned on, he runs). Fred “thinks he’s good at hiding” (behind sheer drapes), and sometimes the two gang up on their human (who is an artist). He yells when he “can’t take it anymore,” scaring the cats…and then apologizes with treats. The cats forgive him…but he knows who is in charge. International picture-book author Cali pens a simple story every cat’s human will recognize. However, it’s Italian debut illustrator Pirolli’s perfect portrayals of pussycats that charm from every page. Both cat expressions and the lines of their bodies are flawless. The interplay between textual narrative and illustrations is a primer in visual irony, so deadpan that children may need a few runs through to get it.
Just about any human owned by a cat would appreciate this as a gift. (Picture book. 4-10)