Saturday, August 27, 2011

Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker

Eula is a square cat. It's not easy being a square cat. Skirts don't always fit right. If you tip over, it's hard to get back up. And she's the only square cat that she knows. Her best friends Patsy and Maude are round cats. Together, though, all three of them have fun learning what it means to be round, square, and just yourself.

I know you can't always judge a book by its cover, but this was one book that I just couldn't resist. I mean, look at it! It's a square cat. The cover is indicative of the illustrations on the inside. Most pages have fairly minimal illustrations, usually just a cat or two or three, sometimes in some kind of costume. This works perfectly for this book, because it lets the squareness (and occasionally roundness) of the cats come through. Who can resist a cat in hoop earrings and a beehive hat? Or a cat in a checkerboard sweater and a pillbox hat? Beneath some of the visual jokes it's also a sweet story of friendship, fitting in, and being yourself.

See more at Eula the Square Cat.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin and James Dean
Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
Squares: Seeing Squares All Around Us by Sarah L. Schuette
Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems
Picasso by Mike Venezia

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