Who can resist playing with silly little kittens who flop and hide, jump, tangle themselves in yarn, and otherwise fill the room with merry mischief? Under flaps of various shapes these cats offer just that kind of fun, the kind young readers especially will enjoy. Of course, the clever format of Viviane Shwarz's book makes the experience all the more exciting and playful.
The title on the bright red cover promises cats, and they are peeking over the edge. On the second page, painted in a bold blue, a narrator, whose words look fresh off the old-fashioned typewriter, cautions that the cats are not "on this page," and so on until the reader finally finds them on the third page, purring contentedly under a quilt. But then the cats speak, and the mayhem begins. One red cat, one blue, and one yellow are painted in bright watercolors, then cut out and set into layered collages sprinkled with sparsely-placed word bubbles that challenge the reader to turn pages, throw the yarn, and even help fish a couple of them out of a fishbowl. As kids blow the dripping kittens dry (as they are asked to do), they will find themselves chuckling at this flap-lifting game...a great way to learn that reading is fun!