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If You Give a Cat a Cupcake: 12/21/08

Sean and Harriet both enjoy If You Give a Pig a Pancake (1998) so when I saw If You Give a Cat a Cupcake coming out this year, I had to get a copy for Harriet. For a fan of the series and a lover of cats, the latest Numeroff and Bond collaboration is perfect.

Like the other books, a single act of kindness to an animal character leads to a series of requests and improbable but humorous situations. In this case, it's a cute tuxedo cat who gets a cupcake for a treat. All the best cupcakes come with sprinkles but sprinkles are messy. Clean up is hard work and leads to play time on the beach.

Since the book features a cat, the book is an instant hit with Harriet. Of the two books in the series I've read I have to agree with my daughter. The string of events is so wacky that it's silly and fun. Felicia Bond's illustrations are fresh, bright and colorful. The cat is more cat-like than her pig is pig-like.

For fans of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, the mouse makes guest appearances on a number of pages. Can you spot the mouse?

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