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.