Our youngest reviewer Astrid on cat books

AstridCats2-RexyOur favourite book reviewer is back, and this time Astrid is tackling (quite literally) cats, or rather books about cats, and has developed her language skills from writing well thought out reviews to talking too!

I have been asked to review some cat books for this blog. Having only been in the world for 10 months, there are naturally a few gaps in my knowledge, but I feel secure in telling you I know a lot about cats.

For example, I know that they have these incredible things called tails that hang off the back their bodies. Tails are amaaaaazing. They contain all the swishing, fluffy deliciousness of a cat in something the perfect width for a handful. I love them! Anyway, on to the books:

Remarkably Rexy by Craig Smith

This one definitely has the best tail in it. Rexy is the main cat in the story and his tail is the fluffiest I have ever seen. Rexy likes to show off to the kids who walk down his street, so I bet he would let me grab his tail if I ever got to meet him.

You will not find a more charming, sympathetic or beautifully drawn examination of complete feline (and completely human) self-obsession.
– Shaun Tan

You can hear a reading of Remarkably Rexy and learn more about the book here.

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam by Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam is mostly about dogs although there is a cat in there too. Dogs aren’t bad, but they’re not quite as awesome as cats. It’s a really exciting book with a chase in it. I think I would have liked it better if there were more cats in it. In the picture here, you will see that I’ve dressed up to match the cat, because she was my favourite.



Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten by Alison Murray

Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten is about a cheeky kitten who runs away. You can follow the shiny thread on every page to try and find the kitten. I liked this book because it was shiny. And because it was about a cat. I hit this book with both hands when we were reading it, because that is how I show that I like something. I do it to our cat as well, and sometimes she gets so excited that she runs away. That must be a cat’s way of saying they like something. She does it when I pull her tail too.


As you can see, I really loved these books. On a side note, I have just worked out how to expand my communication skills by talking.

Now I get what all the fuss is about! It’s great! I’ve got a bit more to learn but the basics are all there. I can already say everything that anyone would ever need to say, in pretty much any situation.

IMG_2306I’ll write a list here of my current vocab:

  1. Cat

Well, looks like cat books are going to be high up the wish-list for Astrid’s first Christmas. And this love of cat books isn’t new – it started long ago with Lara of Newtown, and you can read more of Astrid’s picture book reviews (including that one) here!

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