Monday, July 25, 2011

The Cats of Mrs. Calamari by John Stadler

Mrs. Calamari and her cats have moved into a lovely new apartment. Everything is perfect - until her landlord Mr. Gangplank announces that starting on Sunday there will no cats allowed in the building! Does Mrs. Calamari have a plan, or will this turn into a catastrophe?

On a scale of things that are adorable, cats in disguise are pretty darn cute. I love the interplay between the text and the illustrations; there are lots of things going on in this book. For example, at one point Mr. Gangplank says that his dog, Potato, does not like cats. This is an excellent chance for caregivers and children to look at the illustration and see if that's true (Potato is smiling as the cats climb and play all over him). There are lots of two-page spreads that show off the cats and their personalities. And (spoiler alert), it has a happy ending.

I read a review copy from NetGalley.

See more at Star Bright Books.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
Catilda by John Stadler
Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
Cats' Night Out by Caroline Stutson
Where's Walrus by Stephen Savage

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