Review: BIG CAT, LITTLE CAT / by Elisha Cooper

Big Cat, Little Cat, / by Elisha Cooper
Roaming Brook Press     ISBN     9781626723719
PreK-1     Rating:     5

Elisha Cooper wrote and illustrated this delightful picture book for the youngest of readers.

In Big Cat, Little Cat, a white cat lived alone. One day a new little cat showed up to live with him. The first cat showed the little black cat where to eat, drink, and rest. Days went by, and the little cat grew up. They spent years together until one day the older cat left. Then a new little cat came to live with him, and the cycle begins all over again.

Cooper pens a picture book with bold black and white illustrations, with bright yellow accents. He presents a story that tells the role animals play in our lives, as well as the friendship of two cats. Readers will enjoy reading the simple text and drawings over and over again, and personalizing it with their own experience of family pets. The departure of the older cat is told simply, and off-stage, yet it offers a venue for discussion. Cooper, the author of several picture books, draws on his personal experience with cats to deliver a warm message that the love experienced by pet lovers continues even during loss. The repetition of text and artwork is what makes this book a welcome addition to the library.

Recommended for public and school libraries, and especially pet lovers. It is especially a suitable book to share with families experiencing the loss of a pet. Nominated for the 2018 Caldecott Award,Big Cat, Little Cat  is a touching story that will be read and enjoyed over and over again by readers, both parents and children alike.

Carol R. Gehringer

–reprinted from Christian Library Journal, 2018.

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.


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