By Yasmine Surovec
Roaring Brook Press
.Inside Jacket: Chloe loves kitty. She wants Kitty so much she sees her everywhere she goes. Can you see Kitty?
Opening: “Can I have a Kitty?” (said Chloe)
“Not today, Chloe.” (said Mom)
Chloe loves kitties. She loves their quiet purrs and their soft, cuddly fur.
About the Story: Young Chloe loves kitties. She loves their purrs and their soft cuddly fur and pink little paws. Chloe loves kitties so much she sees kitties everywhere she looks. Some of the kitties are real, like the ones at a pet adoption function. Other kitties, well, they are everywhere. Chloe sees kitties where kitties are not normally found.There is a kitty in the sky, floating softly through the air. Careful of the puddle, that’s a kitty laying there in the grass. And while taking a bath, Chloe sees a pudgy kitty ready to play. Chloe really wants a kitty. Will mom ever say, “Yes?”
What I Thought: First disclaimer: I love kitties. I like dogs, too, but kitties have been in my life for a couple of decades. I empathize with Chloe wanting her own kitty to love. Second disclaimer: I generally like any book with kitties. So, I really like I See Kitty. More than that, I can understand how easy it can be to see something you really want nearly everywhere, like in the sky or maybe in a strangers hairdo.
The author, Yasmine Surovec, is the artist behind Cat vs. Human, a humorous cartoon blog and a book by the same name, which extolls her life with cats. She brings that same humor into this picture book. Young kids will like trying to find the kitty (or more) in each spread. This is not a Where’s Waldo. Kids will be able to find the kitties, but will need their imaginations.
Chloe is a cute little girl that can be anyone, making it easy for little girls to see themselves in the story. Chloe is so obsessed with getting her own kitty, yet never complains or repeatedly begs for one. The illustrations are typical Surovec. There are a lot of curves and oversized objects, including one in which Chloe dreams of happily riding on a kitty’s back as the cat floats down a river of spilt milk, just outside of Kitty City.
I like the illustrations and while not a Christmas story, it does tell the same story of wanting and waiting patiently for the day it might arrive. I See Kitty is a cute traditional preschool picture book, with wonderful illustrations that will appeal to children learning to read and recognize shapes, especially if they love pets, and in particular, kitty-cat pets.
Released September 24, 2013
Age 3 to 7
© 2013 by Roaring Brook Press, used with permission
Text & Illustrations © 2013 by Yasmine Surovec
A Bed for Kitty will be released October 2014
- I See Kitty, An Adorable Children’s Book About a Little Girl Who Really Wants a Cat (laughingsquid.com)
- Cat vs Human: Another Dose of Catnip, A Collection of Cat Comics by Yasmine Surovec (laughingsquid.com)
- Cat Versus Human (kid-lit-reviews.com)