Hello all! I hope wherever you are, you are having a beautiful, warm spring day! While cold days are perfect for staying inside and reading a good book, I am looking forward to lots of warm days when I can sit outside and read a good book 🙂
I have a fun new review for you today, but before we get to that, I have a winner to announce….
Congratulations Rhonda Groveman! You have won a copy of Deborah Diesen’s peppy puppy book. I hope you love it as much as I did. Please email me with your mailing address to claim your book!
Who Will Bell the Cat? (2018, Holiday House, Picture Book)
From the publisher:
A cat enters a barn and terrorizes a community of mice. Smart Mouse and Friend Mouse think they have solved the problem when they make a collar with a bell for the cat. But who will put the collar on the cat? Wee Mouse, Tiny Mouse, and Teeny Mouse nearly meet their demise in the first attempt. The Rat Pack offers to do it for a fee, but quickly surrenders. Then Smart Mouse and Friend Mouse figure out a way to get a human to help them.
Who Will Bell the Cat, written by Patricia C. McKissack and illustrated by Christopher Cyr, is a new take on an old tale. Based on one of Aesop’s fables, the story comes to life through the beautiful illustrations. With a big bad cat and lots of cute mice, this one is sure to get little ones excited. It might be because it’s written in the style of old fables, but it does have the feel of older picture books which have more text and dialogue than newer picture books. The additional text will likely please adults reading this aloud as they won’t be forced to make up any stories to fill in sparse text.
The illustrations are what really shine in this lovely picture book, though the story itself is engaging and fun with a surprise ending. There are some scenes of the cat that might be scary to some readers and mention of the cat having a successful hunt which might make some children sad, but overall a fantastic read for introducing emotions and even discussing real world predator and prey relationships.
Recommended for children ages 4 to 8.
Who Will Bell the Cat? is available now from Amazon and other book sellers
Thank you to the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.