At the suggestion of many (thanks, Britt!), we tracked down the rest of the books in Mo Willems "Cat the Cat" series. Love them! Here are quick reviews of all four. I'm not sure whether to reveal the endings; they are only short children's books, afterall, but the endings are so cute and clever. They really do make the books. So, I'll just say - go get them. You'll like them.
Let's Say Hi to Friends Who Fly! -- Possibly our favorite of all four, in terms of both parent and child entertainment. The story takes place on a playground, with various flying animals demonstrating their ability. I think the Bibliophile understood the humor in the ending right away, and it was still amusing enough for me to enjoy it also. The illustrations in all four books are simple, colorful, and eye-catching. Perfect for the intended audience -- as is the text, which is brief (but as charming as you'd expect from Mr. Willems).
What's Your Sound, Hound the Hound? -- This one involves animal sounds. It makes it fun to read, because your child can pipe in and (loudly) do the animal part. I wasn't as crazy about the ending. I had to explain it to the Bibliophile. He does laugh and explain it to me now each time we read it. Still a wonderful little book, but I like the other three in the series more. But, it doesn't matter, because you should read all four anyway!
Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep! -- This ending got the highest points in terms of parental amusement. It actually made me giggle aloud. And I made Daddy read it before I even read it to the Bibliophile. I wish I could say that the Bibliophile understood the ending right away. He didn't, but I did explain it. And I think I explained it TOO well, because then he lay awake at night yelling, "Trivial Pursuit, anyone?!" and laughing.
You can read our review of Cat the Cat Who Is That? here. Mama and Bibliophile both really like this one.
Question: Are these book covers showing up for you OK? I know at least one reader had issues, but since they are showing up fine for me, I can't tell if it has been resolved. What else are you reading this week? How can I resist buying copies of these? We don't need more books, right? Right?! Very tempted...
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