No Cats in the Library

No Cats in the Library
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March 05, 2024
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A stray cat follows her love of books all the way to a new library home in this charming debut picture book that’s “catnip for librarians and young book lovers alike” (School Library Journal, starred review).

Clarisse is a clever cat who loves books. She may not understand the dark, squiggly lines, but she can’t get enough of the pictures. One day, she stumbles upon a magical building where people walk in empty-handed and come out with an armload of books. She has to find a way inside!

There’s just one problem: NO CATS are allowed in the library! That’s not going to stop clever Clarisse, though. Once she sneaks in, she stumbles upon exciting new stories and even helps a little girl practice reading aloud. But when the librarian comes looking, will Clarisse be allowed to stay?

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Perfect for fans of Cats and Reading
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Clarisse loves books, but not the ones with squiggly lines. She likes to look at all the pictures and doesn't know what the squiggly lines mean. When she sneaks into the library, she has found her dream place, but the book keeper shoos her away because cats don't belong in a library. After toppling through the book return, Clarisse stumbles upon a little girl reading and is intrigued as the girl reads out loud to her. Now she loves books even more and the book keeper gets a great idea to encourage other children to read too.

NO CATS IN THE LIBRARY is an adorable story that encourages reading in younger children, especially those who love cats. It shows how reading out loud to others, including animals, can help children read better because it encourages them to practice more. The illustrations are so cute and I love how the librarian is referred to as "the keeper of the books" because this gives it even more of an adventurous feel for Clarisse and her journey to the house of books.

Final Verdict: Overall, I would recommend this to children aged four and older who love cats and books. It's a sweet and endearing story about a cat who enjoys books and finds out they're even better when the squiggly lines form words as she tries to learn to read too. My daughter and I read this one over and over and it's one that doesn't get old for her.
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