Saturday, April 7, 2012

Up Cat and Up Dog

by: Hazel Hutchins and illustrated by Fanny

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Up Cat
You'd be surprised at what a cat gets up to all day!

A cat can get tangled up in all kinds of fun and mischief between wake-up time and nap time. Follow along with the playful text as Cat laps up milk, messes up the house, gets up to no good, stands up to a visiting dog, and finally curls up for a nap in the sun.

The expressive, energetic illustrations against simple backgrounds mirror the spare but rhythmic text that teaches about "up" actions while leading the reader through a day in the life of a cat.

Together with Up Dog, this board book will soon be a favorite of toddlers and preschoolers who adore animals.

Up Dog
A little dog can get up to big things!

Uh-oh! Look out, house! This little dog is very busy cheerfully digging up and chewing up everything in sight. It's a sad little dog who's locked up in the pen while the house and garden are tidied up. But all is not lost, as he's cautiously welcomed back up the steps and into the house to snuggle up at the end of the day.

Readers will have fun watching the antics of this little dog, and interpreting the animated facial expressions that range from determination and dejection to joy. While readers follow the dog from bad to good in rhythmic two- or three-word panels, they'll also learn how to use "up" phrases.

I requested this from the publisher at a new website for reviewers - Net Galley...seriously great website for anyone looking to do book reviews.

So onto the books. It's a board book for toddlers, but I am reviewing an e-copy. Full disclosure, right? Well I think the artwork is adorable and the words are easy to get through. In fact, I'm going to make my 6 year old work on reading them. Lots of "UP" usage.

Toddlers will love it, and probably up to the age of 4. Ivan (age 3) sat while I read them, Christopher (age 6) leaned in to listen and look at the pictures. In fact, Ivan wants me to read them again. He keeps seeing the picture as I'm writing this, so I bid you adieu.

1 comment:

  1. The Little Princess loves this kind of books. She is 6, but often she pulls out her toddler books and tries to copy the pictures and reads the words aloud to herself. I love to eavesdrop while she's reading!


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