Book Review: A Pussycat’s Christmas by Margaret Wise Brown

Today’s Holiday book is A Pussycat’s Christmas by Margaret Wise Brown. Here’s what it’s about:

But how can you tell?Does the air smell of tangerines?And Christmas greens?Can you feel it in the wind? Or hear it in the sound of a song?

I found this story to be mellow, and the illustrations by Anne Mortimer are absolutely beautiful. My only complaints, the pussycat is not mischievous enough. I’d say read it before bed to help the little ones fall asleep.

My Grade: C+

Book Review: One Is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale by Judy Cox

Today’s Thanksgiving book review is One Is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale by Judy Cox. Here’s what it’s about:

The Thanksgiving feast is over. Mouse spots one pea, which is quite enough for one mouse, but he keeps adding other tidbits. Then Cat sees him, in a story about giving thanks for the little things. Full color.

The poor little mouse gets greedy while he gathers up food from a Thanksgiving feast. Why would we expect him to be any different than us. But there’s always the threat of a pesky cat, right? This is one of my favorites so far this month. The illustrations are one of the best I’ve seen in all children’s books!

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Book Review: Sometimes it’s Turkey, Sometimes it’s Feathers

Today starts a marathon of Thanksgiving book reviews. The first review is Sometimes it’s Turkey, Sometimes it’s Feathers by Lorna & Lecia Balian. Here’s what it’s about:

When she finds a turkey egg, Mrs. Gumm decides to hatch it and have a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.

This is a cute book with well done illustrations. I enjoyed the story and the whole while wondered what Mrs. Gumm would do with the hungry turkey she and her cat were raising. In the end, I was right, but I won’t spoil it for you. You’ll have to read to find out.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Book Review: Halloween Mice!

Today’s Halloween Book Review is Halloween Mice! by Bethany Roberts. Here’s what it’s about:

Simple, spirited verse and lively watercolors capture the excited anticipation and shivery delight of a favorite holiday. Four Halloween mice dress up in costumes for a midnight romp in the pumpkin patch. But they hadn’t counted on a Halloween cat! Children will applaud as the mice’s clever plan scares the cat away-and the littlest mouse gets the last laugh.

Another book about mice at Halloween trying to avoid a cat. Cute book, but the illustrations are better than story. Done in watercolors, I loved the fall color combination. Judge this one based on what the kids are seeing.

My Rating: 3 out of 5

Book Review: Boo to You! by Lois Ehlert

Today’s Halloween Book Review is Boo to You! by Lois Ehlert. Here’s what it’s about:

The harvest garden is bursting with delicious vegetables, the pumpkins are decorated and lit, and the mice have their costumes ready. Everyone is looking forward to the annual Halloween-night feast. Scary Cat wasn’t invited to the party, but he seems to think he’s coming anyway. Time for a clever mouse-style surprise to outsmart that cat!

This is one of my favorite I’ve reviewed this month. The story is in rhyme and follows mice trying to avoid a cat during the fall harvest. They don’t want the cat to ruin their party. The illustrations are done in a collage of paper, twine, fall vegetables and pumpkin seeds for scary cat teeth. The book is colorful and I loved the animated mice, especially in their party masks.

My Rating: 5 out of 5

Facebook
Facebook
Google+
Google+
http://wjhoward.com/tag/cats/
LinkedIn
Follow by Email