Not since Clare Turlay Newberry's cat books of the 1940s has anyone captured, so adoringly and so adorably, the essence of kitten-ness…Perfect for very young lookers and listeners, the minimalist rhyming text leaves plenty of room for Posy-cavorting, and the thick, cream-colored pages are as satisfyingly soft as kitten fur.
The Washington Post
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Even non-cat lovers won't be able to resist the appeal of Posy, as we follow her through her busy day. Terse rhymed couplets are almost an unnecessary accompaniment to Posy's actions on the pages, as a "whiskers wiper, crayon swiper." "Spider catcher, sofa snatcher." Outside she is, "Leaf collector, sock inspector." "Tomcat fearer, disappearer!" Back home again she is, "Cushion clawer, sprawly snorer." She is all worn out! But readers will be tempted to start again to follow the antics of this curious kitty, created sketchily but naturalistically in a muted palette and watercolor pencil-crayons, acrylics, and India inks. She hints at anatomy while clearly depicting Posy's boundless energy. The tale is told in vignettes that help focus our attention on the story's delightful star. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Posy is a "...whiskers wiper,/crayon swiper./Playful wrangler,/knitting tangler." Rendered in watercolor pencil crayons, acrylic, and India inks, she sometimes dominates the broad cream-colored spreads or divides a page into several vignettes with her actions. Color is used sparingly, allowing readers to focus on the striped and spotted feline. While grown-ups, particularly cat lovers, will be charmed by the stylized art, children will notice in the kitten's daily activities much of what interests them, too-chasing spiders, puzzling over mirrors, inspecting socks hanging from a clothesline, and cuddling with Mom at the end of the day. This book is well suited for sharing one-on-one, allowing youngsters to study the pictures up close and giving adults the chance to emphasize the playfulness of the text.-Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
A curious kitten tumbles around the house doing such silly cat things as spider-catching and sofa-scratching. Newbery's prose-"Posy! / She's a... / whiskers wiper, / crayon swiper. / Playful wrangler, / knitting tangler"-is as bouncy as her subject, and her characterizations will be easily recognized by anybody who shares living space with a feline. The brief text puts a spotlight on the illustrations, and they deserve it: Rayner's watercolor-and-ink creations are what separates this from other cute-kitty tales. The scribbly texture of the ink and the softness of the tabby-toned watercolors create an opposing energy that almost animates the images and serves Posy's pouncing, clawing and rolling well. The simplicity of telling that allows these images to take center stage creates a format dilemma, however-with only four to eight words per spread, the text seems more suited for a board book, but the beauty of the illustrations demands the large trim and creamy, matte stock. Preschoolers and even toddlers may well wish for more substance to support the sophisticated visuals. (Picture book. 2-4)