SMITTEN WITH KITTENS
by Florence Minor; Illus. by Wendell Minor
March 8, 2022
From PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Delicate graphite illustrations and gentle rhymes extol playful curiosity in this kitten-smitten picture book by the married collaborators.... A final close-up of one fuzzy feline “all curled up in a cozy lap” is practically pettable. Back matter includes 10 “fun facts” about cat development and care.
The verses are playful and skillfully rhymed, highlighting behaviors most young readers will recognize. Wendell Minor’s lifelike, mostly black-and-white illustrations eschew backgrounds in order to focus on his tabby subjects. He is particularly adept at capturing feline expressions: cross-eyed with a butterfly on its nose; staring at a mirror, back arched in fierceness; wide-eyed innocence peeking out of a pile of toilet paper... Appended with additional information about cat behavior, this will be welcomed by cat-lovers everywhere.
From SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
The title rhymes and so does the text in this adorable book. ... The words nap, lap, pose, and nose pop off the page, making them easy for early readers to identify. A variety of kittens are lovingly depicted in Minor’s charcoal drawings, each one with a cute little pink nose. ... Back matter includes 10 fun facts about cats and cat ownership for adults to share with little news.
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