Children’s books are a VERY common read in our house, what with having two boys under the age of 5. In fact, today is my oldest son’s fourth birthday. I knew the time would pass quickly, but I had no idea how quickly. In celebration of his birthday, today I am spotlighting a children’s book that I received to review. Snatch That Cat by Larry Buttram, a Kindle children’s book, is a cute story with a great illustrations and a very valuable lesson for kiddos.
In Snatch That Cat, we meet a girl named Susie Bipp who tells us herself that she always gets what she wants, except when she wants a cat that belongs to one of her neighbors. We see a litany of all the wonderful treasures that she has, and then we learn a bit about Susie’s neighbor who owns a cat named Simon – the very cat with which Susie appears to be obsessed with owning. Unfortunately for Susie, Mrs. Payne (the neighbor) apparently missed the memo that everyone gives the girl what she wants, and she said no. She refused to sell Simon, and Simon was equally adamant about not being captured by Susie until one day when she finally captured him and shut him up tight in her room. From there we learn that Simon is as obstinate as Susie is spoiled, and he does not make the perfect pet she had assumed. Finally, Simon returns to his owner and Susie proclaims that she has learned her lesson and will never again snatch him.
While the story is quite adorable and endearing, as any parent knows the storyline only goes so far when reading to children. The illustrations are the other half of the book’s capacity for awesome, and this one definitely has the graphics to be successful. Illustrated by Paul Richardson, the graphics are bright, colorful, and capture the imagination of the story very well. I enjoy the use of shadow in the graphics, which isn’t a technique I see every day in children’s books, but it does help the characters seem to leap right off the page – it makes the story a little more real for me. My son, who loves to find shadows, also enjoyed being able to see them in the book and didn’t hesitate to point out every one. 🙂
The main reason I pick up a book for my children is because I think it’s valuable for me to read to them, that the point is something they should learn or would enjoy. I’m pleased with Snatch That Cat because it wasn’t just an enjoyable story, it was also a lesson worth learning. Susie learned that what she wants isn’t always what is good for her, especially in the case of Simon the cat. I like to think that she also learned that she doesn’t need to get everything that she wants and that stealing is bad, but I’m not so sure she did – in fact, I don’t know that SHE really learned anything, but I think it’s a good story and hope that my boys may have learned a little! It’s hard to believe her proclamation at the end, but I do think it adds to the character of the book.
My favorite part of Snatch That Cat is something that is hard to tell when you’re picking a book up from the shelf or from the library. In fact, it’s the strictest rubric I use to grade children’s books – whether it’s easy to read aloud. Thankfully, this book is very high on the readability scale – it’s almost sing-song, but not in an annoying way. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and my boys did too. Larry Buttram’s Snatch That Cat is a wonderful children’s book because it has all the key elements – a valuable lesson, excellent illustrations, and a cute story.
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- Book Review: Snatch That Cat By Larry Buttram (confessionsofapsychotichousewife.com)