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. Volume XVI Number 8. . . .October 23, 2009
Mad About Perfect Puppies and Cute Kittens from Scholastic's “Mad About” series features a series of two-page spreads, each highlighting a sweet personality attribute of either kittens or puppies. These range from “Sleepy kittens” to “Friendly puppies.” Each page features full colour photographs of adorable pets, a few descriptive sentences, and some related fun facts that are often more breed-specific. Key words are bolded on each page, and body parts of the featured animal photo, such as “ear” and “paw,” are labeled with arrows.
Mad About Perfect Puppies and Cute Kittens resists the temptation to become too pink or pastel, remaining fairly gender-neutral, although the result is an inconsistent colour scheme throughout the book. The photo images of the various breeds of cats and dogs are bright and clear. The fun yet easy-to-discern font is large and set against contrasting colour blocks. The level of this book is appropriate to read or skim aloud to preschoolers or for beginning readers to work through on their own.
Overall, Mad About Perfect Puppies and Cute Kittens is an adequate, and reasonably attractive, little book about kittens and puppies that will likely be enjoyed by a child who has or wants a furry pet. The production values are not especially high as it is designed to be almost disposable in nature. However, on that note, it may be a good value for cost, and so if you are shopping with a limited budget and need some eye-catching preschool-aimed nonfiction, this may be an appropriate choice for your collection.
Recommended with reservations.
Devon Greyson is a librarian at the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research in Vancouver, BC.
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