Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Oscar and the Mooncats

Oscar and the Mooncats

Lynda Gene Rymond
Illustrator:  Nicoletta Ceccoli 
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Houghton Mifflin, 2007   ISBN: 978-0618563166

Oscar loves his boy and his toys and his meals, but more than anything the little cat loves to jump up to high places so that he can get a good view of what is going on beneath him. One evening Oscar is especially “wild” and he jumps from the table to the fridge, from the fridge to the chandelier and from the chandelier to the bookcase. From there Oscar ends up getting out the window and thence onto the roof of the garage.

From there Oscar can see so far; it is wonderful. As he watches, the moon rises over the town and Oscar cannot help himself – he leaps at the moon. The next thing he knows he is on the crescent moon and he is being looked at by two very large cats – mooncats.

Soon enough Oscar is playing all kinds of wonderful games with the mooncats. But before long Oscar wants to go home, and he realizes that it isn’t going to be as easy to get back to his boy as it was to get to the moon in the first place.

In this sweet picture book an adventurous little cat refuses to give up on going home when he strays too far. Little children will admire his courage and children and their grownups alike will admire the wonderfully creative multimedia artwork that Nicoletta Ceccoli has created to accompany the text. Using plasticine, collage, acrylics and computer graphics Nicoletta Ceccoli’s artwork has the depth and atmosphere which perfectly captures the magical moonlit scenes in the story.