Tuesday, September 24

I See Kitty by Yasmine Surovec

Chloe loves everything about kitties. Without a cat of her own, Chloe begins to see kitties wherever she goes through the power of her imagination.

‘I See Kitty’ is a wonderful book about a child’s extensive imagination and love of cats, something I can relate to both in my younger years and as an adult. It is a picture book written in prose with beautiful wording that has a playful and buoyant tone.

Chloe is a wonderful example of childhood fixation and elation. When I was five I made a mat to go under a cat’s bowl, for a cat I didn’t even have. ‘I See Kitty’ perfectly captures a child’s desire and how it has the ability to be realised through a sense of wonderment.

Surovec’s illustrations are beautiful and bold but there is also a softness to the colours she uses. They really draw you into Chloe’s world, and you can’t but help but feel a kindred connection to her, especially if you are a fellow cat lover.

I didn’t realise until recently that Surovec was the author of the Cat Vs Human comics that so perfectly capture the life of a cat lover. I will definitely be looking forward to reading more of her work in future.

‘I See Kitty’ is a marvellous book that I would recommend for readers as young as Chloe or for anyone who holds on to a childlike fancy, whether of felines or anything that captured the imagination of your childhood.

In accordance with the FTC, Quill Café would like to disclose that the reviewer received this book at Book Expo America. The opinions expressed are hers alone and no monetary compensation was offered to her by the author or publisher. Cover art is copyright of Roaring Book Press and is used solely as an aide to the review.

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