🐈 Atticus Caticus
January 25, 2023
Atticus Caticus | written by Sarah Maizes, illustrated by Kara Kramer (2021)
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Snap your fingers to the beat as a boy introduces us to his beloved (and oh-so-recognizably feline) cat. Whether Atticus is lying in the sun or stealing a sip from a water glass, sharpening his nails on a favorite chair or settling in for the night on his boy’s head, this cat will win your heart—and maybe inspire you to improvise a few riffs of poetry about your own animal friends.
Why I Love It
I can’t resist a good cat book, and Atticus is a particularly charming feline. A snappy, jazzy rhyme scheme follows Atticus as he goes through his day of being a cat, from a long morning stretch to attacking toes coming around a corner. I love the illustrations, which are done primarily in primary (haha) colors with collage elements.