Happy Cat and his neighbors return for another early reader (Happy Cat, 2013).
“Cat liked fish.” The smiling kitty descends from his attic apartment past the apartments of artist Parrot and musician Elephant, past reading Dog and gardening Rabbit and hungry Mouse. “Cat went out.” He sees a trumpet in a window and goes in the shop. He sees books out in front of a store and goes in there too. He goes in and out of several more stores populated by grinning animals of all types across a quaint town in autumn, and he returns with quite a few purchases. Turns out, he has purchased something for each of his neighbors (readers glean this from the illustrations), and all are happy—including Cat, of course. Henry returns to the I Like to Read series with his smiling orange tabby. In 20 words and with many visual cues in the bright and friendly watercolor illustrations, he tells a simple shopping story. Repetition of the one- and (extremely few) two-syllable words will build confidence in readers just starting out, and the heavy-outlined, full-bleed illustrations offer myriad details to catch the eye and extend the story.
Another ideal story for newly hatched readers. (Early reader. 3-5)