The Little Kitten by Nicola Killen


The Little Kitten
Review Copy from Simon & Schuster
The Little Kitten the kind of holiday picture book I adore - it evokes the event, but can be enjoyed any time of the year. Killen's gentle, kindhearted story - with just the right amount of suspense - is made even better by special touches that add magic to the already charming illustrations. A palette of greys and black is accented with two shades of orange, including orange foil on just the right amount of autumn leaves and perfectly placed cut-outs that draw the story along.

Ollie, in her cat suit, heads outside with Pumpkin, her cat, to play on an autumn morning. A pile of leaves reveals a little black kitten and new playmate. After a while, Pumpkin curls up for a nap while Ollie and the kitten run father and farther into the woods. There, she finds trees plastered with missing cat posters and a very familiar looking cat. "I need to take you home," Ollie whispers to the kitten. A gust of wind and a whoosh of leaves lead the pair to the kitten's home just as Ollie realizes she has forgotten Pumpkin - and she is a bit lost. A familiar meow guides here home where Ollie and Pumpkin curl up under a blanket. Through a window, A witch and her cat can be seen zooming by on a broom, an orange-foil-tail of sparks behind them. The next day, a thank you gift (a pumpkin with a cat face) appears at their door.

The perfect book for the littlest listeners who are just starting to be aware of Halloween. And, of course, this a a superb story for cat lovers of all ages! The Little Kitten is the newest addition to the Little Animals Series, that includes The Little Reindeer and The Little Rabbit.

Popular posts from this blog

Fox + Chick: The Sleepover and Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier

Be a Tree! by Maria Gianferrari illustrated by Felicita Sala

Reading Levels: A Quick Guide to Determining if a Book Is Right for Your Reader