Today we’d like to introduce you to one of our favorite books so far this year: Me and My Cat, a children’s book by award-winning author Michael Dahl, with art by Zoe Persico.
This charming book is about a little girl and her cat and all the fun things they like to do together, like running and jumping. It’s also about the things that are different about them: The girl likes to dive and swim; the cat, not so much. “Cats have their own way of having fun, but we always like being together,” the girl says.
The overriding message is one of respect: A cat is cat. A cat is not a person or dog, and to be friends with a cat, you have to respect her for who she is—a cat. The book ends with a note from the cat offering tips for how to treat a cat, with an emphasis on being gentle and respectful, which we think is good advice for relations with all creatures: feline, human, or otherwise.
We especially love Zoe Persico’s illustrations of an expressive, fluffy gray-and-white tabby who looks like he’s having an absolute ball. With this art, there’s a smile on every page.
The verdictSome days, we feel like we have heard just one too many jokes about how cats are scheming jerks set on world domination. Me and My Cat is a refreshing antidote to such claptrap. A cat can be the best kind of friend, if you are a good friend to the cat.
Me and My Cat is for ages 3–5 years. It will be released in hardback on August 1, 2016.
Very highly recommended!
A note on the "Paws Up" system: Miss C gives either one or two paws up. One paw is for a good read; two paws is for a great read. She never gives three or four paws because that would require her to lie on her back...and Miss C does not do that!