We’re All Different But We’re All Kitty Cats
Today, Kid Lit Reviews is honored to have with us the author of a fascinating new picture book series called We’re All Different But We’re All Kitty Cats. Tomorrow, the first book in that series, titled First Day of School, will be reviewed right HERE! Catch it after midnight.
This first question is a bit obvious. Why are your characters cats and not dogs, or some other pet?
I’ve always had cats as pets my whole life and I know them well. Their habits, their personalities and their silly nuances. So I thought cats would make great characters in a book. In general, all children relate to animals as characters – they love anything with fur and feathers.
In The First Day of School, we meet your kitty cats. Will future books bring us any new kitty cats?
They will indeed. As the series evolves, the kitty cats will encounter different situations where I will be introducing new characters to the stories. One of the characters in the first book is named Dylan, my first nephew, so the next character that I’ll be adding will be Gavin, a cute kitty cat who is named after my second adorable nephew, Gavin.
Nicolas Milano’s illustration of each cat is nicely detailed. Did you have any say into the look of each kitty cat?
I didn’t illustrate the book but I had a vision in mind for each character. I worked closely with my illustrator, Nico, to create characters with humanlike qualities while maintaining their animal characteristics. I chose cats that covered the spectrum of the most common ones to the most eccentric; it was important to create unique personalities for each cat so that each child could personally relate to one or more of the characters.
When you read this at school visits, which kitty cat do the kids seem to connect with the most?
It’s hard to pick one. However, the most loved ones are Sammy, Flo and Carlos! They love Sammy’s friendly nature; they love Flo’s carefree flair and her fashion choices; and everyone roots for Carlos.
It is hard not to root for Carlos. Imagine yourself sitting in your favorite writing spot. Where you are?
I am sitting on a white sand beach with clear blue water. I find the ocean to be so relaxing and a place where my mind can wander – it gets my creative juices flowing. Of course I need to be careful not to get sand in my laptop!
Stay relaxed on that sandy beach and tell us what it means to you to be an author of children’s books?
It’s very special to be a children’s book author – especially because I am the uncle of two young nephews. I wanted to write a book for them when I started out, something that they would enjoy. And now I am seeing other kids get the same enjoyment out of the characters that my nephews love. Overall, I want children to be entertained with the book and the characters, and it’s a great way to get them interested in reading.
One of the cutest stories I heard was from a mom who bought the Kitty Cats book for her 5-year old son. Her son asked her to read the Kitty Cats book two times before bedtime and then wanted to sleep with the book. That, to me, is the best review I could possibly ever get!
For one day, you can do anything and everything you want to do, without limitations, how would you spend the day?
It would definitely be spending the day with my two nephews, Dylan and Gavin, on a warm day with a blue sky, walking around New York City. I love New York because there are so many fun things to do. My greatest joy is hearing Dylan and Gavin laugh and seeing them smile as they experience the city’s action, looking wide-eyed at all the things they’ve never seen before.
What book do you think your nephews, and every child, should read before they get to high school?
My favorite book, as a kid, was James and the Giant Peach. Who could not love book about a boy who is aboard a peach as large as a house on a journey across the Atlantic Ocean through waters infested with peach-eating sharks to a ticker-tape parade in New York City!
What is next for Peter Goodman?
I am excited about the next book and next book and next book in the series! Each will focus on a variety of challenges children commonly face such as fears, loss, making friends, managing emotions, independence and coping with new experiences, as well as offer similar chances for children to learn important social and emotional topics. Overall, I want the stories to be fun for kids to read – so I have numerous aspects to consider when creating each book.
Is there anything you would like to say to your readers?
It is my hope that everyone will fall in love with the characters and the tales of the Kitty Cats book. It’s always nerve-racking when putting myself out there for others to decide whether they like something or not. With that said, the I am grateful for the heartwarming feedback that I’ve received from moms, dads, uncles and aunts whose kids, nieces and nephews love one or more of the characters in the book and can’t put the book down. So I can now feel like I can take a breath.
Peter, thank you for being here and answering a few questions about yourself and your new series We’re All Different But We’re All Kitty Cats. To read a review of Peter Goodman’s first book in this new series, First Day of School, click HERE!
We're All Different But We're All Kitty Cats Peter J. Goodman Nicolas Milano (SP) Big Dream Press 978-0-9850683-0-1 No. Pages: 48 Ages: 4+ ............... ............... ................
If you would like to learn more about Peter Goodman and his career, here are the links.
illustrator Nicholas Milano: NinioSinEnie.blogspot.com
videos for the book: http://www.youtube.com/user/KittyCatsBook
color preview of the book: http://kittycatsbook.com/lbn
activities for kids: http://kittycatsbook.com/kitty-cats-activities-corner
for parents and teaachers: http://kittycatsbook.com/parents-teachers
A review of We’re All Different but We’re All Kitty Cats can be read after midnight HERE!