Friday, August 3, 2012

There are no cats in this book by Viviane Schwarz (Walker Books)














The three greatest cats in children's books return! We absolutely love Moonpie, Andre and Tiny and their cat antics so "There are Cats in this Book" was a well deserved Book of the Week when we reviewed it last September.

We've just enjoyed the follow up and Viviane Schwarz is obviously an expert in two things:

1) Observing, noting and absolutely nailing 'cat character' - so obvious in how Moonpie, Andre and Tiny behave and their antics in this book.

2) Playing with the format of children's books, stretching paper and paint to the limit to produce books that go way way beyond the usual staid 'lift the flap for a big surprise' idea.

So Charlotte loved "There are no cats in this book" and like other children, she loved the surprises (which I won't spoil - suffice to say that her face when she realised what had happened during 'the magic bit' was absolutely lovely).

We're crazy maverick rule breakers here at ReadItDaddy and though we've already had one book of the week, we're going to squeeze Viviane Schwarz's "There are no cats in this book" as well, simply because - well because we can, and because what Charlotte says goes, and because we absolutely love it to bits.

Charlotte's best bit: The magic!

Daddy's favourite bit: Purring cats, lots of purring cats.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars, book of the week

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