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Saturday 8 October 2016

Review: Grumpy Cat: The Little Grumpy Cat That Wouldn't

Who doesn't love a Golden Book? They bring back such fond memories for anyone aged 74 and under Can you believe the first books were published in 1942 - 12 books were released at once, including The Little Red Hen and The Poky Little Puppy and cost just 25 cents. 1.5 million books sold out within five months. Amazing.

Over the years, Little Golden Books have taken on the likes of Sesame Street, Winnie the Pooh, Bugs Bunny, The Wiggles and Disney characters, not to mention the Bible and even Barbie. They have also covered literary or fairy tale classics like Heidi, Annie Oakley, Hansel and Gretel and Rumpelstiltskin.

And now--drumroll, please--enter Grumpy Cat. Everyone's favourite feline grumpster stars in this classic-in-the-making, pop-culture triumph.
Yes. She's every bit as dry and humorous as you'd think. Cute. Furry. And grumpy.

On a tour of the garden, Grumpy Cat meets a butterfly who sweetly asks her if she knows what's great about the great outdoors.

'Nothing,' says she, with that trademark, Scroogey mug.

At the park, an exuberantly pouncing dog and cat join with the butterlfy and a ladybug to encourage her to have fun. But you see, she did have fun once. And it was awful.

When a bird joins in and asks her for a race, Grumpy Cat readies herself... does she GO? or will it be a NO? I absolutely love the ending to this book--dry, laconic, wonderfully and perfectly Grumpy Cat.

Before we know it, our kids' kids will be digging out the yellowed pages of their first edition Grumpy Cat Golden Book--a book that will continue to enchant kids with its timeless humour.

Title: Grumpy Cat: The Little Grumpy Cat That Wouldn't
Illustrator: Steph Laberis
Publisher: Random House USA, $4.99
Publication Date: 23 September 2016
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9780399553547
For ages: 2 - 7
Type: Picture Book