Friday, August 4, 2023

Today's read... 10 Cats by Emily Gravett

One look at the cover on today's read, and I had a huge smile on my face. This book promises tons of cats and a bit of silly antics. It also is said to promote counting skills and color recognition, too. So, let's dive in and take a peek.

by Emily Gravett
Boxer Books
Picture Book
32 pages
ages 3 to 5

Award-winning, bestselling author and illustrator Emily Gravett follows a group of playful cats as they turn a mess of color into an engaging display of art and text in this early learning picture book, perfect for anyone looking for books for 3-year-olds and up.
Follow the lives of ten kittens as they playfully pounce, bat, and swat while their mother sleeps. Buckets of paint quickly turn the kittens—and their sleeping mother—into brilliant works of art. When mama cat wakes up, playtime turns into bath time. 
Full of playful and engaging art, this inventive cat book creates page after page of spot-the-difference fun perfect for repeat reading.
This charming counting book is perfect for helping young readers learn their colors as well as how to count to ten. Emily Gravett’s adorable cat art makes 10 Cats just as appealing to those looking for gifts for cat lovers as to anyone searching for kids books ages 3 – 5.

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The cover might seem adorable, but it's nothing compared to the cute and simple antics inside.

This read weaves three things together in a wonderful way: counting, color recognition, and cute cats. Actually, I'm going to add family warmth to this, since a mother and her litter are at the center of everything. The first page begins with a calm picture of a mother cat and her nine kittens. From there, the read builds little-by-little, page-by-page into more chaos and fun. 

Each scene starts with a number (one to ten), and then, holds a very short text (four words at most) which mentions a color or, in a few instances, a pattern. The illustrations take over the rest and let the scenes increase in liveliness and chaos page by page. The cats are well portrayed and add more and more humor as the read continues. All the while, the mother embodies a warming calmness, which  radiates love and care. 

The text is fitting for those just starting to head into the reading journey. The counting combines with a little searching and keeps readers actively engaged. The colors and patterns also need to be found or pointed out, which strengthens the learning process. The paint splotches do get a bit all over the place, but it does create a fun atmosphere. It's a read young readers are sure to enjoy again and again.

And here she is...

Emily Gravett is the two-time winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal for Wolves and Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears. Her internationally award-winning picture books include Meerkat MailTidy, and Old Hat. She has illustrated bestselling fiction, including Matt Haig’s Evie and the Animals and a recent full-color edition of Quidditch Through the Ages.

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