Monday, July 26, 2010

Book Review and Giveaway

I was asked to review a sweet, new picture book published in the UK by Top That! Publishing. If you leave a comment, it could be yours!

Said the Kitty to the Cat was written by Vincent Spada and illustrated by Steve Whitlow. This story is about a cat and a kitten, who after discovering a sealed box on the sofa, brainstorm ways to figure out how to open the box so they can eat the sweets inside.They want to enlist the help of other pets, but each animal is preoccupied. Do they finally get their treats? I'll not tell!
I will tell you, though, that Vincent Spada crafted a delightful, rhyming text. Young children will enjoy the sound repititions. It's a fun read aloud.
Whitlow's well-composed spreads appear to be rendered in colored pencil, though the medium was not listed. The images are soft, sweet, warm, and fuzzy--a good fit for the story.
I do like the spirit of teamwork as Cat and Kitty try to solve their challenge together and with the help of others. No man--or cat-- is an island. I wish, though, that Kitty was the one to come up with some of the ideas for solving the problem and in the end finding the solution. Also, I wish it was another kind of treat that the cats were eating in the story as chocolate is known to be harmful to dogs and cats.
Nonetheless it is a charming, cuddly story that is great for bedtime.
p.s. You can comment until 7/31 and then I will randomly select a winner.


  1. What a great idea Ann Marie! It looks wicked cute!

  2. I'm in the USA, so I don't think this book is available here. I'd love to win it! It sounds like a really cute story ... plus, we are a cat-loving family! Purrfect!
    froggybogg (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. The illustrations look very sweet, Ann Marie. How did they find you to do a review?

  4. I love the loving spirit shown above of a mother and child cat story, reminisce my great experience of playing with cats and having fun creating soup for cats...

    That's my sweet memories I can recall!