Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool
Author: Mo Willems
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Energetic and spunky Cat the Cat visits his many animal friends and asks them what sounds they make. Hound, Chick, and Cow happily make their sounds for Cat, but Bunny finds that he has no sound to make! But no worries—Cat and friends gather around to give him a hug so he doesn’t feel so bad.
This is a delightful book for toddlers and preschoolers, both because of its simplicity and because it can help young children become more familiar with animals and their sounds. The book’s pages are made of thick cardboard, making it very durable and easily handled by children. Like other Mo Willems illustrations, the pictures are bright, sharp, creative, cute, and funny. The repetition and patterns found in the text make it easy to read and pleasantly predictable (at least until the end when the author surprises you with Bunny). All in all, this is a fun and short read that young children would greatly enjoy.