FLABBY CAT AND SLOBBY DOG by Jeanne Willis

FLABBY CAT AND SLOBBY DOG

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

Eating right and exercising is undoubtedly an excellent prescription for good health. Unfortunately, good advice, however well intentioned, rarely makes for an enjoyable story, particularly when it’s delivered in a condescending tone. Willis invites readers to laugh at, not with, her characters by making them both fat and stupid. The anthropomorphized animals, shown living in squalor and wearing stereotypical lower-class clothing, believe that their sofa is shrinking. They comfort themselves with food and sleep and television until the day that they simply can’t fit into their cozy house. Setting out to find their “distant relatives,” the “cunning tiger” and “wild wolf,” they travel the world only to wind up back home again, much slimmer and much happier. Ross’s typically scratchy illustrations capture the action of the plot but can’t inject enough individuality into the characters to make readers really care about them. His comedic skills are sorely underused, which is too bad as the heavy-handed message could have used some help. Skip this sermon and enjoy a nice walk outside instead. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7613-5151-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Andersen Press USA
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2009




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