Saturday, December 27, 2008
Posy Book Review by ChristineMM
Author: Linda Newbery
Illustrator: Catherine Rayner
Publication: Antheneum Books for Young Readers, 2008
Genre: Children’s Picture book
Format: Hardcover book
Full retail price: $16.99
My Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Summary Statement: Simple and Cute Antics of an Adorable Kitten with Fantastic Illustrations
Posy is a kitten, living with one kitten sibling and their mother in their owner’s house. The book focuses on the kitten’s life both indoors and outdoors, without ever showing its human owners, just their possessions and their home and yard. These cats are realistic (not talking or acting like humans).
The text is simple and rhymes, often with just two words per page, making this perfect for reading aloud to toddlers and preschool aged children.
We are taken through Posy’s day showing the typical, cute antics of a playful kitten. Cat owners will recognize each of these funny activities, trying to catch a spider, stretching out against the couch, inspecting and trying to raid an unattended sandwich and wrecking board games in progress to name a few.
The illustrations are hand drawn with India ink and colored with water soluble crayons and water soluble pencils. Accents of the cat’s stripes were done with acrylic paints, and the glimmering metallic paints in many different colors add a lovely shimmer. Posy is a multicolored tabby, the sibling kitten is a grey and black tabby and the mother is an orange tabby.
Being a lifelong cat lover and an experienced cat observer, I enjoyed the illustrations (as did my children) because they are so realistic and so accurate. The varied positions are great, ranging from aggressive back arching to stalking outside to rubbing chins and rolling about while playing.
This cute, rhyming text picture book is perfect for reading aloud to the youngest of children and will be enjoyed by all who love cats, especially the children who have pet cats in their home. It’s also a perfect book for a cat-loving grandparent to buy and read aloud to their visiting grandchildren.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book for the Amazon Vine reviewer program which I am currently a member of.