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Thursday 2 December 2010

Review: The Twelve Cats of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas has been rendered in many fun and funny picture book ways… but the twelve cats of Christmas? It just had to be!

You don’t need to be a cat-lover to enjoy a giggle over this book. Beautifully produced and designed, it’s standout illustrations will have kids wide eyed and noses buried deeply in pages.

Each page is a gaggle of colour, movement and fun, as several kitties and their bird/mouse/fish tree decorations dance in a riot around a single Christmas tree, each page adding more and more as the rhyme ensues.

Starting with a fat mouse in a fur tree, we meet several batches of cat, from four floating kitties to six furballs feasting and eleven moggies leaping. By twelve cats a-clawing, we have a page jam-packed tighter than a lolly shop, with all manner of meowing fuzzies permeating the page.

And the final page is adorable, too, as our fuzzy friends line up to create the outline of their very own tree – perfect for counting practice.

Whitlark’s illustrations are humorous, bright and totally whimsical, making this the perfect stocking stuffer to keep the kids occupied at 4.57am Christmas morning.

Title: The Twelve Cats of Christmas
Author/Illustrator: Kevin Whitlark
Publisher: Scholastic, A$15.99RRP
Publication Date: October 2010
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781741696240
For ages: 3 - 6
Type: Picture Book