A family of felines spend the day being worrywarts in this zingy picture book from Barbara Bottner and illustrator Victoria Chess.
When Mr. and Mrs. Scaredy Cat awaken shivering due to an open window, the two fear that closing it will only lead to disaster: " 'It may fall on my fingers. They will turn blue!' " Suffering with their shivers, the Scaredy Cats think about waking up Baby (she gets up on her own after sunrise), and the three wind up spending the day in a panic: cooking breakfast might lead to accidental burns, opening a delivered package could mean broken toys, and lots more. But when Baby theorizes, "If all kinds of things can happen, can good things happen too?" at the end of the day, the Scaredy Cats wonder if maybe she's right, and they all hit the hay with dreams of "being brave tomorrow."
Bottner and Chess's snappy tale will have kids slapping their knees and thinking about courage. Bringing to mind Sue Denim and Dav Pilkey's The Dumb Bunnies and other stories about kooky families, The Scaredy Cats makes for a fun read-aloud that's filled with silly behavior and a gentle lesson. Young readers will develop lion hearts with these witty kitties around! Matt Warner