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The Dogma of Cats for Kids: 12/01/13

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The Dogma of Cats for Kids by Debra Snyder uses cats to illustrate some life lessons for children. Their guide is a black cat with fetching green eyes.

Animals in picture book have a long tradition of being used as moral or philosophical guides. There's Aesop's fables, of course. Some recent favorites of mine are the Zen books staring Stillwater Panda, written and illustrated by Jon J. Muth.

Snyder's book reminds me most of Bark Up the Right Tree by Jessie Tschuden, and Choosing to Be by Kat Tansey. Both are adult books with similar life lessons presented by animals.

What was lacking for me, though, was the artwork. It's stylistically inconsistent. It looks like clip art. With a redesign in the book's layout and in the illustrations, The Dogma of Cats for Kids could be something special.

Read via NetGalley

Three stars

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