The Cat Wants Cuddles

Orchard. Jun. 2021. 32p. pap. $7.99. ISBN 9781338741223.
K-Gr 3–What can be more satisfying than snuggles with your pet? What if that pet is a cat who, frankly, fights you and your request for cuddles at every turn? A black cat named Kevin weaves and dodges his owner’s attempts at affection and attention at every turn of the page—until he gets a glimpse of the family dog enjoying a happy moment of receiving the very cuddles he has been avoiding. Kevin observes the family dog in the warmth of a lap, which the illustrator surrounds in colorful hearts and a satisfied smile on the dog’s face. Readers will be tickled to see how Kevin worms his way into the embrace of his owner, but will not be surprised when Kevin’s independent streak returns. The author uses colorful imagery to illustrate all of the ways in which Kevin denies the adoration of his owner. From the constant grimace Kevin wears on his face, to thought bubbles that clue readers in to the curmudgeonly cat, this is a humorous look at the high price of love.
VERDICT A one-joke idea is elongated into a funny story that will have readers charmed.

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