Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool, Primary
Author: Henry Cole
Publisher: Little Simon
A boy’s cat, Spot, gets distracted by the world outside and goes on a journey to see the city for himself. When the boy realizes Spot is missing, he feverishly searches the busy metropolis for his beloved cat. But several near misses keep the two from reuniting until Spot returns home.
Cole’s intricately detailed wordless picture book is a feast for the eyes. His pen and ink illustrations bring a city to life as a boy and his cat navigate their way back to each other. Their tale begins with readers viewing an intimate, relaxing day at home. But Spot is drawn into the huge wide world and he must satisfy his curiosity. Once Spot leaves the apartment, Cole pulls his illustration perspective back so readers become pedestrians searching for Spot and helping the boy. When all hope seems lost, readers are zoomed into the boy’s perspective again to observe his loving reunion with Spot. More heartfelt and story-driven than any Where’s Waldo book, Spot, the Cat is a story readers of all ages can relish over and over again.