New Picture Book from Joan Holub: Itty Bitty Kitty

Itty Bitty Kitty

Itty Bitty Kitty by Joan Holub, illustrated by James Burks

Ava wants a pet, but Mom and Dad say she’s too little. So when she finds a kitty, Ava decides to name him Itty Bitty and keep him a secret. There’s just one tiny problem: Itty Bitty starts growing and growing and growing . . . until he’s neither itty nor bitty! Kids will laugh and cheer along as Ava and Itty Bitty try to keep Mom and Dad from discovering their not-so-little secret!

From New York Times bestselling author Joan Holub and award-winning illustrator James Burks comes this unlikely friendship story with enormous heart! Featuring lively, bouncy text and bold, colorful artwork, this picture book is purr-fect for pet lovers and their parents alike.

Find the Book:

About the Author:

Joan Holub is the author and/or illustrator of over 130 books for children, including author of the picture books Little Red Writing and Zero the Hero, and coauthor of the bestselling Goddess Girls and Grimmtastic Girls chapter book series. She and her family live in North Carolina with their cats, Scout and Boo.

About the Illustrator:

James Burks has spent the last eighteen years working in the animation industry on various movies and television shows, such as Nickelodeon’s Fanboy & Chum Chum. He is the author-illustrator of several children’s books, including Beep and Bah, Bird & Squirrel: On the Run!, and Gabby & Gator, a Junior Library Guild selection. Most recently, he illustrated The Monstore by Tara Lazar. James lives in Valencia, California.

My Thoughts (and those of my kids):

A little girl + a purple kitten = awesome on any day of the week.  My kids loved this book.  It’s a fun, quick read about a little girl that wants a kitten but isn’t allowed to get one.  Of course, she happens to find one and secretly keeps it as a pet until the her “Itty Bitty” isn’t so itty bitty anymore.  While this theme has been done before, Joan Holub always manages to bring a fresh spark to her stories.

The illustrations are fantastic, too.  The bright colors and chalk-like appearance of the artwork is appealing.  Plus, the characters are as adorable as can be.  My kids especially liked the cat, and they laughed out loud when he burst out of hiding.

Source: The author sent me a copy of this book for the purpose of this review.



Previous Story
Next Story


  • Reply
    Adriana Garcia
    May 27, 2015 at 2:39 am

    The bright colors and the humor in Itty Bitty Kitty make it a book I'm sure my field work class would enjoy.
    I don't know about the lesson it's telling kids though. I'm sure she'll keep the kitten even though she lied.

  • Reply
    Laura Thomas
    May 28, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Looks and sounds delightful and fun. I enjoyed The Goddess Girl books and The Mini Myths books. This should be just as fun!

  • Leave a Reply

    %d bloggers like this: