Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews



Matthew Van Fleet
Photographer: Brian Stanton
Novelty Board Book
For ages 3 to 6
Simon and Schuster, 2009   ISBN: 978-1416978008

Cats come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and just like humans, they have their up days and their down ones. I'd like you to meet a few cats that are all very different. Some are striped and some are spotty, some are furry, and some are bald (I am not kidding). Some have big ears and some have curly ones. Most like squeaky toys to play with, and most loath baths.

Cats are mercurial creatures that are playful one minute and hissy the next. Here you will see cats that are doing all kinds of things, and expressing all kinds of emotions. Here is one that is being curious, and here is one that looks very annoyed. Here is a sweet cat who is cuddling a bird, and here is another who is in the process of fishing in a goldfish bowl.

In this wonderful interactive novelty title, Matthew Van Fleet and Brian Stanton capture the essence of the cat personality. There are tabs to push and pull, pages to open out, and surfaces to touch. There is a rhyming text that is full of surprising and funny moments, and there are splendid color photographs of cats of all kinds. Punctuated with humor and clever novelty features, this title is sure to delight cat lovers of all ages.