Here Comes the Easter Cat

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Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Cat longs to be Easter Bunny in funny, spare story.

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Educational Value

Presents Easter Bunny lore about delivering eggs to millions overnight.

Positive Messages

Conveys a positive message that sharing and cooperation can be more fun and less frustrating than jealousy and competition. There's also a subtle message that even fun jobs may require hard work. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Cat starts off jealous, angry and selfish but ends up cooperative, upbeat, and generous. The narrator is a patient mentor who praises Cat -- saying, "I'm proud of you" -- when he does a kind thing for the Easter Bunny, 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that  Deborah Underwood's Here Comes the Easter Cat is a wonderfully funny, low-key picture book in which an unseen narrator guides Cat, who's jealous of the Easter Bunny, to deliver eggs as the Easter Cat. Cat doesn't speak but holds up signs to hold up his end of the conversation, or communicates through his emotional reactions to what the narrator says. It's a fun story with positive messages about envy, hard work, and cooperation. And the twist at the end fairly begs for a sequel. 

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What's the story?

The unseen narrator notices that Cat is grumpy and asks what's wrong. Cat answers by holding up a sign with the Easter Bunny's picture on it. In the questions and answers that follow, the narrator explains that "of course everyone loves the Easter Bunny," because he's so nice -- he delivers chocolate eggs to millions of kids. "Don't be jealous," he tells the angry Cat. "Why don't you be the Easter Cat?" Cat decides this is a good idea and gets a sparkly outfit and a motorcycle so he can deliver eggs faster than the Easter Bunny. Will Cat beat the Easter Bunny at his own game? Or will he decide to help him do his job?

 

Is it any good?

HERE COMES THE EASTER CAT is a funny, offbeat picture book. Its humor lies in the oddball conversation between the unseen narrator and the nonspeaking cat, who holds up signs to communicate and reacts with happy, sad, mad, surprised, and scared faces to the narrator's observations and questions about what he's doing and why. Spare colored pencil-and-ink illustrations against stark white backgrounds provide narrative clarity. 

One of the funniest exchanges comes when Cat indicates he's tired, even after having taken seven naps that day. The terrified look on his face when the narrator informs him that the Easter Bunny gets no naps while delivering millions of eggs in one night is a hoot! 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about humor. What's funny about Cat? How is he funny without saying any words? 

  • How do you like the narrator talking directly to a book character. Is that unusual? Does it add to the funny mood of the book? 

  • Would you like to do the Easter Bunny's job? Do you think you'd be tempted to eat the kids' chocolate bunnies like Cat is? 

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