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Viviane Schwarz is the author-illustrator of the highly acclaimed picture books The Adventures of a Nose and Shark and Lobster's Amazing Undersea Adventure. She grew up in Germany, but now lives in London.
Interactive pages colored with ink, paint and photo collage invite readers to revel in what felines already know: that the mere existence of cats is cause for festivity. Schwarz (The Adventures of a Nose) sets a jokester mood from the get-go, from the partial jacket, which lets cats peep out at readers, to text that begins on endpapers ("The cats aren't on this page"). Flaps, the first of them multi-layered and cat-shaped, and die-cut pages capture the essence of play. The "very friendly" Tiny, Moonpie and Andre, each a different primary color, entice the audience with dialogue balloons: "Hello. Who are you?... Are you nice?... You look nice." The felines plunge with wild abandon into a tableau of sumptuous yarn and later demand release from exotically decorated lift-the-flap boxes. Elsewhere, flaps unveil a pillow fight in progress, as well as a sutured stuffed dog named Biff, and a mishap results in a "tidal wave" of rogue fish, bewildered foils to their cat counterparts. The whirlwind of pure kinetic energy ensures that readers are wholly part of the impenitent kitty world and will be reluctant to say goodbye. Ages 3-up. (Nov.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
PreS-Gr 1-Through a series of instructive lift-the-flap pages, children meet Tiny, Andre, and Moonpie, three colorful and friendly moggies that want to play with yarn, and boxes, and readers. Each turn of the page is celebrated by the cats as it reveals not only what lies ahead, but even the option of going back a page when the appeal of yarn is almost too much to relinquish. The book finishes with an invitation to come back another day, which is no doubt the wish of any cat, or book-to be revisited and adored again and again. The artwork, like the story, is simple yet effective-bold, primary colors are set against white space with elements of collage thrown in to provide texture and a sense of reality. This book joins Melanie Watt's Chester (Kids Can) and Peter Catalonatto's Ivan the Terrier (S & S, both 2007) as picture books that are not so much reading experiences as explorations of how a book is a creative, interactive tool. Buy in duplicate, because these kitties will get a lot of attention.-Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Witty, original and charming, with lively and economical illustration . . . This book is extremely successful with toddlers, who will not only enjoy the jokes and connection with the cats but also learn to understand and delight in the way books work. -- Nicolette Jones * The Sunday Times * Clever and funny, the pages talk directly to the reader as we go on a mild feline adventure before bedtime. * Time Out *