Thursday, May 25, 2023

Today's read... Black Cat White Cat by Stef Hickman

Today's read radiated happiness, the second I saw it. And who doesn't enjoy a cute cat story? This one rotates around getting along with others and differences. So let's take a peek.

by Stef Hickman
Picture Book
ages 4 to 8

An infectious rhyming read-aloud!

Join Duncan and Moses - two unlikely Cat friends as they show the animals in their town the power of acceptance and friendship.

With their positive attitude and a willingness to embrace differences, Duncan and Moses teach us that being unique is truly great.

This heartwarming tale is a must-read for children of all ages, as it reminds us to treat others with kindness and respect, no matter how different they may seem.

This book is perfect for parents to read aloud to their children or early readers will have no problem getting through it on their own.

Black Cat White Cat makes a great gift to the ones you love for any occasion.



Friendship is blind to many differences and two cats can prove it.

Duncan and Moses might appear to be as different as different can be, but these cats are the best of friends. When they happen across animals arguing in the park, it's time for them to let their friendship shine.

This is a straight-forward read and super cute. Duncan and Moses are two, wonderful cats, who get along splendidly and have each other's backs. This wholesome relationship drives the read forward and gives the entire thing good vibes. The arguing animals have enough unexpectedness to make readers/listeners smile, and the entire thing radiates goodness and friendship pure. It's an enjoyable read to just pick up and enjoy.

The text is written in rhyme, and this flows smoothly and naturally. It's printed in white on black text-boxes in a slightly larger font, making it easy to spot on the illustrations. This also makes it easier when reading aloud. The text is kept simple and short, making it great for less patient and younger listeners. 

The illustrations are bright and bold. Duncan and Moses are portrayed as adorable cats, and the other animals carry individual, quirky flair. There are some proportion issues on several pages, and a bit of a pasted feel, which could have used more care. I doubt listeners will care or notice, though.

I enjoyed this one more than I thought and see it as a great, quick read for group and individual settings.

And here she is...

Stef Hickman is an Australian author and illustrator. 

Stef's cat companions are the stars of all her children's stories. These cats have more personality than most humans, and they provide Stef with endless inspiration.

When she's not busy dreaming up new stories, you can find Stef perfecting her pilates moves. And if you want to catch her in her natural habitat, head to the beach. Stef loves nothing more than soaking up the sun, listening to the waves, and getting inspiration for her next book.

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