Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Picture Book Wednesday: Cat the Cat series by Mo Willems

We looooooooooooove Mo Willems (who doesn't?!) Some author/illustrators become successful with one series, then try to repeat that with a new series and fall flat. Not Willems, he just keeps getting better! The pigeon...Knuffle Bunny...Elephant and Piggie...all sure-fire crowd pleasers (although you MUST do voices when reading the Elephant and Piggie books aloud, or it just doesn't work.)
Now, for the very very beginning readers, we have Cat the Cat. And his friend Hound the Hound. And Chick the Chick. And...Blarggie Blarggie. With, at the very most, six words to a page, the books move very quickly, but you have to take time to stop and look at the pictures. Cat the Cat is such an exuberant little feline, always cheerful - unless one of her friends is distressed, in which case she quickly turns empathy into action. Just way to cute, perfect for story times for the littler ones, for begining readers, or as gifts for preschoolers. We can't wait to see this series continue - and to discover what Willems comes up with next!

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