Inside Cat by Brendan Wenzel

Published by Chronicle Books

Inside Cat: 9781452173191: Wenzel, Brendan: Books - Inside Cat: 9781452173191: Wenzel, Brendan: Books

Summary:  “Inside cat knows many windows/finds a view wherever it goes.”  Although this cat never leaves the house, it knows all sorts of things from gazing through the windows of its home, from the bottom levels to the top.  It sees amazing things like a crane digging, a helicopter flying, and parade floats passing by.  Even the windows are interesting: cracked, covered in soapy bubbles, stained glass.  The inside of the house is portrayed all in light blue on a white background, while the outside is filled with brilliant colors.  Just when Inside Cat thinks it has seen it all, it discovers an open door–and a whole new world in front of it.  40 pages; ages 3-8.

Pros:  In this follow-up to the Caldecott Honor book They All Saw A Cat, Brendan Wenzel has created bouncy rhyming text and the interesting perspective of an indoor cat seeing the world only through windows.  The final page inspires a sense of wonder that there is always something new. Could be a Caldecott contender as well.

Cons:  I couldn’t really warm up to that bug-eyed, slightly scruffy cat, but then again, I’m more of a dog person.

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