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Here Comes Valentine Cat

So, better late than never, right? Valentine’s Day, 2016 is almost in the books and I’m just now able to post. You see, about 10 hours ago we had a concern that our computer had been infected with a virus, and instead of chancing that it actually hadn’t, I decided to spend the day running a full scan just to make sure. Thankfully, it was just a scare and all is well. Whew. . .

On to more fun and important things–Here Comes Valentine Cat! I’m not sure what I expected as I opened this book, but it exceeded anything I could imagine. I love the unseen narrator! I love the way Valentine Cat communicates through expression and the use of signs posted on sticks! Claudia Rueda did an amazing job of capturing Cat in all of his cantankerousness!

The story line is sweet, and cute, and I can see my kids loving this book as youngsters. It is so creative and begs many,  many questions giving mom and kids the opportunity to discuss their thoughts about the characters (Cat and Dog and Narrator) and the story. I have not had a chance to read any of Cat’s other adventures, but I am looking forward to doing so. Here Comes the Easter Cat will be on the top of my Easter reading list. I hope to post a review of that one weeks in advance and not the day of Easter!

I would be remiss if I wrapped this up without mentioning The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey and Don Wood. Here Comes Valentine Cat immediately reminded me of  The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear, I’m sure due to the use of an unseen narrator, and the fact that both stories are darling! Super clever, both of them. I would venture to guess that if you like Cat, you’ll like Hungry Bear as well.

Happy Valentine’s Day, and I hope that like Cat, you found a new friend today!

 

 

 

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