Saturday, May 23, 2015

Itty Bitty Kitty by Joan Holub - A Review

Title:  Itty Bitty Kitty

  • Author: Joan Holub
  • Illustrator: James Burks 
  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 19, 2015)
  • Language: English

About the Book

Ava wants a pet, but Mom and Dad say she's too little. So when she finds a kitty, Ava decides to name him Itty Bitty and keep him a secret. There's just one tiny problem: Itty Bitty starts growing and growing and growing . . . until he's neither itty nor bitty! Kids will laugh and cheer along as Ava and Itty Bitty try to keep Mom and Dad from discovering their not-so-little secret!
From New York Times bestselling author Joan Holub and award-winning illustrator James Burks comes this unlikely friendship story with enormous heart! Featuring lively, bouncy text and bold, colorful artwork, this picture book is purr-fect for pet lovers and their parents alike.

Miss M's Review (Age 8)

The book was about a kitty that grew a lot! I loved how it said what the cat was doing. Reading this book made me wonder about why Ava took the cat in even when her mom said not to???? I think the pictures in the book were beautiful, and amazing!!!! I give this book five stars!!

My Review

The main character, Ava, is an ornery little girl who just wants her own pet. Ava is not a stretch for most kids to believe and channel. Readers will delight in the playful banter of this book and the irony of each step of the story. Children will fall in love with the not so itty bitty purple cat as much as parents will fall in love a modern children's book that begs to be read over and over again.

I found it ironic that my oldest daughter, who is eight, commented on how she couldn't believe Ava would disobey her parents and bring home a pet cat after she had been told no. Meanwhile, my three year old completely channeled the injustice and said how Ava's parents made her mad. Seeing the different perspective my children had reading the books really helped me appreciated the layers embedded into the seemingly simplistic children's book. I hope there are many more Itty Bitty Kitty books to come.

Little J's Explanation of Why Little Ava Was MAD

Check out the Joan Holub's Itty Bitty Kitty giveaway.

FTC Required Disclosures:
 *I received a review copies from the author free of charge. All opinions expressed in this review represent my honest opinions about the book. **This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. If you purchase the books through these links, I receive a small portion of the payment, which I use to support this blog. Thanks for your support!

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