Picture Book Review: Backstage Cat by Harriet Ziefert and Jenni Oesmond

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Backstage Cat by Harriet Ziefert and Jenni Oesmond 

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Blue Apple Books (March 12, 2013)

Genre: Picture book

Source: Edelweiss

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

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About the Book:

A runaway kitty named Simon introduces kids to what it takes to put on a show and have a moment in the spotlight. It’s a kid-pleasing peek at a fascinating world the draws both stardom-seekers and those who prefer to remain behind the scenes. With illustrations by a bright new star on the Blue Apple list, kids will discover that there’s just as much interesting stuff behind the footlights – and up in the catwalks – as on the stage!


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My Thoughts:

When the leading lady of a play goes onstage, her cat gets startled and runs after her. Pretty soon the stage is a madhouse, as people try to get the cat down from the various places he’s climbed.

With simple writing, Backstage Cat is told in first person from the cat’s point of view. The illustrations are different than what I am usually drawn to, but I liked them a lot.  This book is short and sweet, with a splash of humor thrown into the mix.

4 STARS

Disclaimer: I received  a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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