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: Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs, by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Stephanie Laberis

Stewart, Melissa. Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs. Stephanie Laberis. Peachtree Publishers, 2018. $16.95. ISBN 9781561459360. Unpaged. Ages 4-8. P8 Q8

We know a lot about powerful and exciting animals, but what about the animals who are overlooked? Ranging from the Etruscan pygmy shrew, whose name is longer than it is to the Western fence lizard, who is clumsy, this humorous, engaging book takes children on an adventure to discover animals who are the underdogs. Readers will find out what strengths these animals have and how their perceived weaknesses help them survive. Large colorful illustrations of realistic animals with expressive facial features enhance this book. The text draws the reader in, while teaching them about the animals. The last page contains additional facts about each animal featured.

Verdict: If you like animals, you will enjoy this book. Interesting and engaging, it will be a book children will want to read over and over. They will be learning while they are being entertained by the little-known facts about the underdogs.

November 2018 review by Tami Harris.