Sunday, February 13, 2011

Posy by Linda Newberry & Catherine Rayner

"Posy! She's a...leaf collector, sock inspector."

For those of you who know me, you're probably not surprised to find that Posy is a children's book about a spunky little kitten--and I loved reading every bit of it. Even if you and your kiddos aren't big fans of the feline family, you should give this book a try.

What I enjoyed most about this little gem is its amazing large-scale drawings; they are a brilliant cross between whimsical colored-pencil drawings, watercolor strokes, and charcoal sketches. The text is very simple: we follow Posy through her adventurous day as she tackles a ball of yarn, catches a spider, wrestles another kitten of her stature, and of course, unabashedly uses the couch as a scratching post. This is a great pick for beginner readers, with short, simple, rhyming lines and the unavoidable anticipation of what antics Posy will be getting into with the turn of each page. Who knows? Your little ones may be begging you for an adorable tiger kitten even before Posy curls up for a nap to end her long, busy day.

5Q: Great use of vocabulary and rhyme; great for reading aloud; beautiful illustrations
4P: Kids who don't really like cats may not be drawn to the book initially, but Posy's mischief and the pictures will keep them interested

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