500 Cats by Jill Rappaport

500 Cats

A simple little book about the everyday life of a kitten who lives with 500 CATS. You have to say it that way – bold and emphasized – because that’s the fun part of the story. It repeats every few pages, making it predictable, and soon enough the kids will be saying it (shouting it) along with you, to many giggles.

The text is simple and to the point, and lets the live-action photography shine. The star of the book, a sweet grey tabby, is predictably cute, and the photos of a lawn-full of cats fascinated my kids.

The second page discusses the fact that the star-kitten once didn’t have a home, and is now waiting for a family and a new home, but he’s staying in this nice, fun place for now, so it’s not disturbing at all.

The endpages provide information on Cat House on the Kings, the no-cage sanctuary featured in the book, for curious grownups.

Available on Amazon.com

500 Cats by Jill Rappaport, with Lynea Lattanzio, Photographs by Bob Carey. HarperCollins Publishers, 2009.

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