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Thursday, September 26, 2013

{Book Review} Big Cat, Small Cat by Ami Rubinger

Big Cat, Small Cat
by Ami Rubinger
Publisher:Abbeville Kids
Released:August 25th 2009 by
Genre: Children's: Picture Book
How I got it: NetGalley

"Big Cat, Small Cat" takes readers through a fantastical world of felines, where they will encounter many different pairs of cats - from good and bad to happy and sad. The book's sing-song text leaves out the last word of each page, allowing little ones to chime in and complete the rhyme. Captivating, colourful illustrations provide clues for the words that have been left out. Introducing words like 'dirty', 'clean', 'nice', and 'mean', "Big Cat, Small Cat" teaches children about rhyming and opposites with a fun, fill-in-the-blank challenge that encourages participation. The illustrations by accomplished illustrator and cartoonist Ami Rubinger are charming and unique, depicting a variety of humorous cats that will engage young and old readers alike.

Review: Big Cat, Small Cat is clearly a rhyming book about opposites. Is done by the same author/ illustrator as Dog Number 1, Dog Number 10 and I have to say I liked this one about the same but for different reasons. The rhymes were ok, but some even I didn't get like..."This cat is on the moon. This cat is in a cage"  Maybe I'm being dense, but I didn't understand that one. Also some of the vocabulary was an issue, well not an issue but had to be explained. For example, "This cat is dark. This cat is fair." For C fair means equal or right, not light. This isn't a bad thing, it just made the book a little more educational for us. 
I will say the illustrations in this one are better, and C seemed to like them. 
Page view from Abbeville Press
They are kind of cute with their big eyes and colorful coats. For us this was a fun book.


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