The library is the perfect place for finding new friends and discovering hidden treasures. A couple of weeks ago my wife discovered a series of picture books about a mischievous cat that had the whole family laughing out loud.
There are currently four books in the series written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Claudia Rueda - Here Comes Easter Cat, Here Comes Valentine Cat, Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat and Here Comes Santa Cat. Each of the books is a hilarious conversation between the reader and Cat.
Cat is a bit grumpy. He hates Valentines Day and he's jealous of the Easter Bunny, but the reader helps Cat work through his problems. Cat is tricky too so you often have to get him back on the right path again. He tries tricking the tooth fairy and wants to send Dog in to space in a rocket.
These books are so funny because Cat interacts with the reader using just signs that he holds up and his facial expressions. Here's just one example:
We loved Cat's facial expressions. Claudia can show you that Cat is up to no good just by raising his eyebrow or showing him smirking. Cat holding up the signs works really well too because you often have to use these to work out what Cat is thinking.
We originally got just a couple of the Cat stories but we had to reserve the others because they're just so brilliant. They're perfect for both young and old and you won't mind reading them again and again. We even have an eAudiobook copy of Here Comes Easter Cat through OverDrive that is narrated by the author, which is fabulous.