Delivers ample feline cuteness—and helpful information on cat behavior.

A PURRFECT HOME FOR KITTERS

When Granny leaves for a life at sea, what will happen to her beloved tabby?

In this debut picture book, plump feline Kitters has a “purrfect” home with Granny, her pale-skinned owner. Tuna is plentiful, and Granny understands Kitters’ love language of rubs and toe tickles. But one morning, Granny breaks the news to her adult daughter, Jackie, that she plans to imminently depart on a boat. Kitters is sent to Jackie’s home. Not “purrfect,” Kitters thinks—and indeed, Jackie proves to be an unsatisfactory owner, feeding the feline broccoli and brushing her too hard. Soon, Jackie takes Kitters to visit her cat-loving friend Gary. He pets Kitters’ itchiest spot and holds her close. But then it’s time to leave. Kitters hides in dramatic locations until a precarious window-ledge spot necessitates a rescue. Jackie decides that Kitters will be happier with Gary; he adopts the cat and dances with her in his arms. The stakes of Faber’s family tale remain low and the action light, but cat-loving readers will appreciate Larson’s (A Big Day for a Little Dog, 2018, etc.) images of body language and feline motion. Soft, pastel-tone watercolor pictures remain simple and realistic, with a few anthropomorphic flourishes. Kitters stands bipedally, front paws spread, when hiding behind the sofa, and smiles lazily atop Gary’s head. Three illustrated pages of “Feline Facts” act as an epilogue, providing useful visual cues for reading cat moods and biological data about felines.

Delivers ample feline cuteness—and helpful information on cat behavior.

Pub Date: April 9, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-73363-991-0

Page Count: 46

Publisher: Faber Press

Review Posted Online: Jan. 13, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2020

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An engaging mix of gentle behavior modeling and inventive story ideas that may well provide just the push needed to get some...

RALPH TELLS A STORY

With a little help from his audience, a young storyteller gets over a solid case of writer’s block in this engaging debut.

Despite the (sometimes creatively spelled) examples produced by all his classmates and the teacher’s assertion that “Stories are everywhere!” Ralph can’t get past putting his name at the top of his paper. One day, lying under the desk in despair, he remembers finding an inchworm in the park. That’s all he has, though, until his classmates’ questions—“Did it feel squishy?” “Did your mom let you keep it?” “Did you name it?”—open the floodgates for a rousing yarn featuring an interloping toddler, a broad comic turn and a dramatic rescue. Hanlon illustrates the episode with childlike scenes done in transparent colors, featuring friendly-looking children with big smiles and widely spaced button eyes. The narrative text is printed in standard type, but the children’s dialogue is rendered in hand-lettered printing within speech balloons. The episode is enhanced with a page of elementary writing tips and the tantalizing titles of his many subsequent stories (“When I Ate Too Much Spaghetti,” “The Scariest Hamster,” “When the Librarian Yelled Really Loud at Me,” etc.) on the back endpapers.

An engaging mix of gentle behavior modeling and inventive story ideas that may well provide just the push needed to get some budding young writers off and running. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 18, 2012

ISBN: 978-0761461807

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Amazon Children's Publishing

Review Posted Online: Aug. 22, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2012

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CINDERELLA

This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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