Title: Here Comes the Easter Cat
Author: Deborah Underwood
Illustrator: Claudia Rueda
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2014
Themes: cats, easter bunny, humorous stories, jealousy
What’s wrong cat?
You look grumpy?
The Easter Bunny?
What about him?
When Cat tries to replace the Easter Bunny, he soon learns that the job is much harder than he expected-and does not allow time for naps.
Why should the Easter Bunny get all the love? That’s what Cat would like to know. So he decides to take over: He dons his sparkly suit, jumps on his Harley, and roars off into the night. But it turns out delivering Easter eggs is hard work. And it doesn’t leave much time for naps (of which Cat has taken five–no, seven). So when a pooped-out Easter Bunny shows up, and with a treat for Cat, what will Cat do? His surprise solution will be stylish, smart, and even–yes–kind
Why I like this book:
I am a fan of all Deborah Underwood’s cat books. Cat has all the charming obnoxiousness of many felines I have known and Underwood nails and quirky cat humor. Cat always manages to be true to her selfish instincts and yet demonstrate her creative generosity at the same time.
This picture book tackles jealousy from a comedic stance and it is very successful. As in the other cat books, it is told from the narrator’s point of view who is addressing the cat directly. The cat has no dialogue, but communicates by his signs and actions, responding to the narrator. His naughtiness will appeal to kids, e.g. the human narrator has to shoot down his idea of distributing hairballs instead of chocolate eggs!
Claudia Rueda is masterful with Cat’s facial expressions and in creating compelling illustrations despite few scene changes. Most of the pictures are of Cat with a white background. But it works to accompany Underwood’s page-turning cat humor. It’s another story that begs to be read aloud with a class several times.
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