A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that vibrantly colored collages augment the text, reflecting the lighthearted tone of the tale. The comical portrayal of the persistent feline keeps readers engaged.
Is It Any Good?
Much of the action is effectively played out in the pictures here; words are not necessary to explain the inevitable reaction when Willie and the cat spot each other. An eloquent series of wordless illustrations perfectly convey that still moment of awareness and, a mere split second later, the leap into action.
Liberal touches of humor keep readers rolling with laughter. Young children enjoyed searching for the curious cat, which is subtly included in the backgrounds of many of the innovative collage illustrations. Head cocked and ears aloft, Ezra Keats' little black cat is the epitome of feline curiosity.
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