A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Presents Easter Bunny lore about delivering eggs to millions overnight.
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
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,
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.
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!
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