MEOW! by Victoria Ying


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Age Range: 2 - 4
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Won’t anyone play yarn ball?

A little black-and-white kitty asks an adult cat in a dress to play, but she’s too busy gardening. Similarly, another adult cat, this one in spectacles and an apron, is occupied in the kitchen and can’t play. A slightly larger kitten with a yellow bow over one ear is far too engrossed in a book to play. Little kitty is despondent and acts up, running all over the house with the yellow yarn trailing behind. It’s tangled in the chandelier, the table legs, the chair legs, the family’s legs! That makes everyone angry and earns the little puss a timeout. (The adults show their teeth a bit here.) The tot apologizes and, with some help from the older sibling, rolls all the yellow yarn back up. Then the wee one assists each family member with the task that was interrupted (even joining older sibling in the chair with the book)…and then everyone has time to play eight-pawed cat’s cradle before bath and bed. In the final image, the little kitten snuggles down with the yellow yarn ball and purrs. Ying’s expressive, anthropomorphic feline family is utterly endearing, and small humans will easily recognize themselves even though the tale is told entirely in pictures and meows (and one purr). The digitally created illustrations appear painted, and young kitten lovers will be able to tell themselves the story without worrying over words.

Meow meow purr meow (translation: a charmer). (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 3rd, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-06-244096-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2017


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