Stick Cat: A Tail of Two Kitties
It’s a big day in the big city for Stick Cat and his best friend, Edith. There are treasures to hunt, songs to sing, pigeons to catch, and naps to take. But way up on the twenty-third floor, danger lurks just around the corner. Terrible noises and violent crashes trap a desperate man in the building across the alley. Stick Cat will need to navigate his way across the alley—and around Edith’s peculiar ways—to attempt a rescue.
Watson does a great job at combining the humor that children enjoy (the cats jumping from building to building) with more sophisticated humor that adults will find funny. Edith is a feline portrayal of the type of person we have all had to work with, so Stick Cat's frustration made me roll my eyes in empathy.
There are a lot of illustrated novels for younger readers out, and it's hard to find ones that are appropriate for each stage of a child's development. These are great to have from elementary school until the end of middle school-- I've seen 8th graders chortle at them as much as younger students. There's just something simplistically appealing about Watson's primitive drawings and portrayal of animals doing what we all imagine animals would do if they could!
I'm extremely interested to see what the next book will bring, but very sad that there will be no Stick Chicken.