A simple picture book in which a girl named Cat imagines different ways she’ll save the world when she grows up.
Walsh’s debut centers on a conversation between Cat and her father. On each page, Cat dreams up different ways she’ll save the world when she’s older—e.g., saving it from dirty dishes or mean people. The exchanges Cat and her father have are nearly identical; the only change is what Cat is saving the world from: “ ‘Daddy?’ / ‘Yes, Cat?’ / ‘When I grow up, I am going to save the world from rainy days.’ / ‘You just might, Cat,’ said her dad.” Realistic, full-color illustrations accompany the text showing Cat and her father engaging in a variety of activities, each of which relates to the problem Cat plans to address. The format repeats in this way, until the end of the book, when Cat, with some help from her father, gets the chance to do some world saving by adopting a dog from the animal shelter. As her father explains, “You can save the world by one kind act at a time.” The short, repetitive text makes the book a natural read-aloud, even with young children, while the accompanying illustrations invite young listeners to guess what problem Cat may be dreaming about. The subject matter lends itself to a discussion about what things children would like to save the world from when they grow up as well as what kind acts they could perform now. While the illustrations clearly depict their corresponding actions, they’re somewhat flat, and motion isn’t always conveyed naturally. Still, with its short length and simple style, the book is well-suited for a preschool or younger audience.
An upbeat tone and positive message in a short book that’s engaging and appealing.