Red Cat, Blue Cat: Jenni Desmond
(Blue Apple Books, 2012)
This debut picture book by Jenni Desmond was published this week. It’s been getting rave reviews and I agree with them, this book really does deserve the praise it’s getting.
Red Cat and Blue Cat lived in the same house.
Blue Cat stayed upstairs.
Red Cat stayed downstairs.
The gist of the story is about wanting to be like other people, learning to live together and to love yourself for your own gifts, so it has a lovely message. The story itself is humourous, fun to read and beautifully laid out. I particularly love how the words Red Cat and Blue Cat are coloured in the text, helping with colour recognition when reading to very young children and with word recognition when reading with 4/5+ children.
One of my particular favourite spreads is the one above with the motion conveyed so effectively and showing that ‘scribbles’ are perfectly valid and effective art (great for young children’s confidence!)
MG and DG loved the fun story, the silly things the cats get up to and the mess they made (blue paint, oh dear!) The tummies full of different foods were also a hit with them. You can see more of Jenni’s work on her website, including art from Red Cat, Blue Cat. For an activity idea based on this book, Playing by the Book has a street scene collage with cats that looks great fun.
Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of Red Cat, Blue Cat by Blue Apple Books for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.