Cat Secrets: 01/26/12
Books are a wonderful way to guide and mold children. It's also a way to help them expand their imaginations, play and pretend. Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj is all about pretending to be a cat.
The cats inside the book are protecting their own book, a book of secrets. Their book is a handbook for being a cat — the stuff you'll need to know beyond purring, napping, and meowing. But before you can learn to extra special things a cat needs to know, you, dear reader, have to prove that you are a cat.
Now if this were a book about tricking a group of people to get their secrets, then it would be a book about lying. That wouldn't be cool. But this is about cats. Cats are silly creatures. I don't know about you, but my cats, are already convinced I'm a cat, or that they're people. So asking young children if they can pretend to be a cat, especially if they already live with cats, is both good and fun.
The interrogation by the cats in the book lends itself to group reading. I can easily see a room full of giggling children trying to be cats during story time.
Comment #1: Friday, January 27, 2012 at 09:47:48
this sounds really clever!
Comment #2: Monday, January 30, 2012 at 10:31:34
It is. It's one of those interactive books that seem so popular right now. If you've read There Are Cats in this Book and liked it, you'll like Cat Secerts.