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A dawdling kitten and her patient mother take part in a daily ritual that will be familiar to parents and children: "Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, are you waking up?/Not yet Mother, I'm a sleepy buttercup." The two continue their back-and-forth exchange as Kitty Cat dilly-dallies and Mother urges her through each step of the morning routine and gets her off to school. Martin uses the repetitive formula that worked so well in Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do you See? (1983) and, more recently, Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? (2007, both Holt), but this time the cumulative questions actually advance a narrative. Kitty Cat is the star of her own show, romping across the pages, knowing that she will eventually get to where she needs to be. There is never a sense of urgency on Mother's part, either, which makes the final line "Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, now we have to go!/Okay, Mother, I'm sorry I'm so slow" seem like an unexpected chastisement. The accompanying picture of mother and daughter sharing a warm hug helps to defuse the negativity. Bryant's illustrations, rendered in watercolor and colored pencil, are playful, light, and absolutely adorable. This book is perfect for sharing one-on-one, preferably while snuggling.-Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
Posted September 20, 2010
"Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up?" was a sweet book for children aged preschool to first. The main character, Kitty Cat, could be easily identified as being a preschooler to a first grader in the way that she behaves. I most enjoyed the illustrations and easy read of the story. The story is written in rhyme with a repeating beginning phrase. Students can make quick predictions about what they believe the mother will ask Kitty Cat next. The illustrations in the story present the reader with a warm, homely feeling and the colors used are light with soft hues. Kitty Cat is a sweet kitten and I know that younger children would completely enjoy making comparisons to themselves and identifying with her and her mother's loving tone. I highly recommend it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.