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Kids Fiction 219
humorous and fun book about cats
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
100 CATS is a fun, rhyming adventure of all kinds of cats. The total number shown is 100, but counting is left to the reader off-page, with a big finale at the end that would be easier for children to use as counting practice. The book describes each cat with a word or short phrase, such as "high cat, sly cat, hide away shy cat," with the descriptors appearing at the described cat's location. The trails of cat descriptions end with a short phrase that turns into a rhyme with the next set.

What I loved: This was a delightful read with a lot of personality. The descriptors for the cats are varied and the cartoonish illustrations capture each perfectly. It is pretty impressive to have come up with so many actions/descriptors, and this is a book to capture young imaginations. Particular favorites in our house are the "mucky cat" who is tracking food around the house and the "get back in the tub cat," who has escaped bath time. Other ones that get a giggle include the cats using the bathroom and the "shred cat, opening your mail" (by tearing it into pieces). The last page shows all the cats with the personality shining and asks the readers which cat is theirs. This is a fun adventure to find the cats you've seen before but also offers the opportunity to practice counting to 100.

The text is easy to read throughout, and though some of the directionality is tough to follow (sometimes it goes across the page spread and other times down the page then to the opposite page for reading), it's a really fun and repetitive read that will work for a wide range of ages. The illustrations are really fantastic, capturing the essence of each cat with lots of detail and bright colors.

Final verdict: 100 CATS is a silly and humorous picture book read that is sure to delight young readers. This book would work well for toddlers through young elementary school readers.
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