OUR NEW KITTENS by Theo Heras

OUR NEW KITTENS

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Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Two boys bring home their new kittens and begin to care for them.

The narrator and his little brother have been waiting for weeks, and the day has finally come to pick up their new kittens, who are also brothers. They take home their kittens, one striped orange and one black with white paws, in the carrier because it’s safer than holding them in their laps. At home, each spread shows the boys observing a kitten behavior—running away from the younger brother when chased, for example—and wondering what to name the kittens. The kittens nap on the boys’ laps, scratch up a mess in the litter box, play, and rub their heads against the boys’ knees, while the boys react in typical older/younger sibling fashion, the narrator responsible and admonishing, his little brother free and wild. Illustrations in colored pencil, watercolor, and digital media feature soft lines and colors and emphasize the relationships between the boys and their pets; adult caregivers are never pictured. Both boys have light-brown skin and curly, dark hair. Endpapers list in crayon-styled hand printing things to have before bringing a kitten home and what to give your kitten each day.

Not distinctive enough to be a favorite but sufficient to stoke a child’s excitement about the idea of getting a pet and useful for facilitating a conversation about pet care. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Nov. 2nd, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-77278-060-4
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Pajama Press
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2018




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