IF YOU SEE A KITTEN by John Butler

IF YOU SEE A KITTEN

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Age Range: 2 - 5
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Butler (Hush, Little Ones, 2002, etc.) leads young readers on an alliterative tour of creatures. From pudgy swines to enormous proboscideans, Butler covers critters big and small. The repetitive rhythm of the tale is ideal for young readers, simply naming an animal and describing a response. “If you see a prickly porcupine . . . say, ‘Ouch!’ ” Starting with only the most adorable of creatures, the tale begins with a heavy dose of cuteness in which curious kittens romp while petite door mice slumber. Savvy readers will soon realize that surprises are in store as Butler slyly interjects some of the less savory members of the species, with “slimy slugs” slipping past a “pretty peacock.” The fun culminates in the arrival of a cantankerous crocodile, to which readers are prompted to shriek (what else of course) “HELP!” The final page depicts all of the animals along with the appropriate exclamation. The delicately detailed illustrations are quite wonderful, though a little unrealistic in some cases. Situated against a plain creamy background, each intricately drawn creature is an exquisite naturalistic rendering, requiring no extra fanfare. Perfect for preschoolers and younger, Butler’s tale easily lends itself to group read aloud settings, with each successive reading sure to become more riotous as the children become familiar with their responses. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2003
ISBN: 1-56145-108-8
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Peachtree
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2003




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