Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pick of the Week: Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up?

Bill Martin Jr. - famous for classic children's books such as Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - has a new picture book for children. Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up? by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson (Marshall Cavendish Children, c2008) combines the familiar repetition (Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, are you waking up? Not yet mother, I'm a sleepy buttercup.) that young children love with a narrative that will be familiar to both children and parents. It's time for Kitty Cat to rise and get ready for school in the morning, but Kitty Cat dilly-dallies and is on her own schedule. While Mama Cat continues to gently hurry Kitty Cat along, children will recognize the distractions and slow-moving routines that they often enjoy themselves. The illustrations by Laura J. Bryant are large, soft and cheerful and will work well for both one-on-one reading and sharing with a group.

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