BANDIT'S GARDEN by Lynn C.  Skinner


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Author Skinner and illustrator Dohm (Anytime Is Party Time for Eugene the Mouse, 2018, etc.) return with an ode to quiet walks from a cat’s point of view.

Bandit, a large gray-and-tan–striped tabby, enjoys looking at a garden through the window of his home. He also enjoys walking outside and watching fish swim in a pond, frogs jumping, and butterflies alighting on flowers; he also observes insects, a lizard, and a turtle. Although he does pounce at a cricket and a snake, he’s otherwise content to simply watch or to dream about playing with a mouse. The gorgeous colors in Dohm’s peaceful watercolor paintings give the garden a lush feel. However, the sizes of objects and creatures sometimes seem disproportionate—the cricket is almost as large as Bandit, and the cat looks human-sized in a chair. Some of Skinner’s verbs are a bit challenging (“observed”; “ambled”), and although most of the story is about a specific walk in a garden, other moments feel less grounded in time: “As the cat wandered...he would often see an insect.” Overall, the text has a meditative tone, making it an excellent choice for a bedtime book.

A calming book for lap readers, but newly independent readers may find some of its language to be difficult.

Pub Date: June 7th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-5127-9043-6
Page count: 30pp
Publisher: Westbow Press
Program: Kirkus Indie
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