Today is the publication date for YOU ARE NOT A CAT! written by the great Sharon G. Flake, and brought into the world by the fine folks at Boyds Mills Press. This is a picture book that is very close to my heart, and was a pleasure to draw from beginning to end. Thankfully, reviewers are in agreement. Below is a sampling of what they had to say.
School Library Journal really made my day with this:
"Flake, best known for her middle school novels, presents a hilarious picture book that will surely beg multiple readings, with the absurd premise that nothing should be assumed, no matter how obvious. Cat is the straight man to screwball Duck, and this makes the two an appealing pair sure to be adored by young readers. Raff’s soft pastel illustrations are a perfect match for the quick-witted, comic book–style text. Children will enjoy observing Cat’s mood as it shifts from smug self-righteousness to angry frustration to confused acceptance by the end of the story. Fans of Mo Willems’s popular “Elephant and Piggie” and “Pigeon” series will embrace this silly animal tale wholeheartedly....A delightful picture book, ideal for storytime and for supporting teaching units on animal sounds."
…and Booklist adds:
"YA author Flake shows her goofier side in this giggle-inducing picture book, which works not only for a preschool crowd but also for an emerging reader....Whether enjoyed independently or at storytime, readers will laugh their way through this entertaining book."
Of course, I what I really want to learn is what happens when some kids experience Duck and Cat for themselves. If you'd like to get a copy of YOU ARE NOT A CAT! for yourself or a little one you know, here's a link on Indiebound, where you'll find a local bookstore in your area from whom to place an order.