Book review: Pretty Kitty, by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by Stephanie Laberis

Beaumont, Karen. Pretty Kitty. Illustrated by Stephanie Laberis. Henry Holt, 2018. Unpaged. $17.99. ISBN 978-0805092325. Ages 4-6. P9 Q9

This book involves an older single man and a fun story that includes a counting and picture book all in one. A lonely man at home sees one kitty on his front step. He exclaims how he doesn’t want a kitty, so it needs to go. Then, with fun illustrations, each day an additional kitty shows up… then another… then many more. The man exclaims on each page what they might mess up, or problems they would create. As the story draws to a close, the lonely man finds he is no longer lonely. The illustrations are full of color and movement, and are great fun.

VERDICT: Children and adults will love reading this one out loud together. One can’t help but smile with every turn of the page.

December 2019 review by Lynne Wright.

Book review: Crybaby, by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

Beaumont, Karen. Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin. Crybaby. Henry Holt and Company, 2015. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-8974-5. Unp. Ages 1-4. P8 Q8

Beaumont CrybabyIn this story, Roy the dog knows best but no one will listen to Roy. The baby wakes up and cries and keeps crying. Everyone tries to quiet baby and Roy keeps trying to give baby the toy but everyone says, “No Roy, she doesn’t want that toy.” Of course in the end Roy gives baby the toy and she is quiet. This may be a fun story for small children who are about to have a baby brother or sister.

December 2015 review by Melinda Dye.