Cat & Mouse

Prestel. Mar. 2019. 24p. board $14.95. ISBN 9783791373744.
PreS-K–Cat sees Little Mouse and a chase ensues. But who will outsmart whom? Follow Mouse to the top of the wall, through the house, out the window, and along the path to see if he can escape the feline’s pursuit. Written as a rhyming poem, this quirky, charming board book employs prepositions and die-cut pages to teach spatial relationships between common objects, such as boxes, holes, and stairs, while helping children make predictions about where Mouse will go next. Repetition in the text is emphasized by patterns in the illustrations, adding to the book’s lyrical quality and sense of movement. Bold, clean lines and a large spread format encourages readers to participate by using their fingers to follow along with the characters on their quest. Block print mixed with paper-cut illustrations mimic the imagery in the author-illustrator’s similar titles, including Up & Down and The Egg. With the turn of every page, children will be entertained by this exciting story and its unexpected ending.
VERDICT Ideal for one-on-one reading, this double-duty board book teaches spatial concepts while enthralling its audience

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