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Katie Loves the Kittens
John Himmelman. Holt, $14.95 (32p) ISBN
This sweet book tells the story of a
dog—that’s Katie—who is utterly infatuated
with her owner’s new kittens.
“Aroooooo!” howls Katie eagerly whenever
she sees the tiny felines, but her vocalizing,
leaping and avid tail-wagging only
scare the living daylights out of them.
Katie learns, after some setbacks (readers
will totally sympathize), that desperately
wanting to make friends is not necessarily
a good starting point; sometimes, it’s
better to let the other side take the lead.
Himmelman’s (Chickens to the Rescue) empathetic,
economical text builds dramatic
tension and the audience’s identification
with Katie without an excess of anthropomorphizing.
The pencil and ink drawings
evince the same combination of craft
and tenderness. Katie is the very picture
of openheartedness, confusion and contrition,
and readers will root for her from
the very first page. Ages 3–8. (Sept.)