Book Review by R. Spottswood
This book and its pictures of a middle class cat family — walking, dressing and living like humans in a suburban environment — has a charming potential which it does not quite fulfill.
The message is one of adopting and accepting an older — four-year-old — child (cat) into the (cat) family, in which a still-older natal sibling already lives, all in apparent harmony.
The potential is for raising and addressing some of the issues, feelings and conflicts which an older-child adoption brings up every day, for all parties. But these are never raised. The cat family always smiles (except for one scene with an injured knee), and all is explained by the parents’ being eternally grateful because the new child is an answer to their prayers and a blessing from God, delivered in Dr. Suess rhyming verse.
Despite copious endorsements from many weighty authors in the field, I give this book a C for missed issues and two-dimensional feelings, a B for the pedantic rhythmic voice, which sounds like Hallmark but will appeal to young children with its dependable preverbal patterns, and an A for the art work, which draws us in with rich color and inclusive family settings.