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Can Kittens Take a Catnap? 12/24/09

It amazes me when a relatively new book has almost no information online. Take for instance Can Kittens Take a Catnap by Clair Palfreman-Bunker and illustrated by Adam Relf. We bought a book club edition from scholastic in the spring of this year and except for one tiny image on the Scholastic site and some previous posts I've made about the book, it might as well not exist.

Nonetheless, Can Kittens Take a Catnap is a cute animal book that teaches the names of baby animals while repeating the question can x take a y nap? It culminates on a very funny punch line involving an exasperated big brother and his infant sibling who refuses to take a nap.

The illustrations by Adam Relf are cute and colorful, though not as detailed as the work in some of the other books he has done. They are good enough though that Harriet will sometime just flip through the book to look at all the different baby animals.

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Comment #1: Thursday, December, 24, 2009 at 07:50:29


Yes I know exactly what you mean. It's very frustrating to find no information online when you're trying to do a review.

Comment #2: Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 16:22:05


It's a charming little book. I don't know why Scholastic is only selling it via their own site and their book club. Their other books they sell more widely.

Comment #3: Friday, April, 23, 2010 at 18:55:00


Hi, I'm Claire Palfreman-Bunker, author of Can Kittens Take a Catnap. I'm so glad you and your daughter enjoy it! Part of the reason I think Scholastic has not done much to market it is because it was published as the winning entry to a writing contest they hold every year - so, there' probably not a lot of financial incentive for them to do much. But, thanks to your encouraging words, I think I'll contact them about add'l opportunities to get it marketed. Thanks - Claire

Comment #4: Monday, April 26, 2009 at 22:14:58


Congratulations on your win. It's an absolutely charming book and popular with both of my children. Thank for you for explaining about the contest.

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