It’s Monday, What are You Reading is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers (new host of Monday reading: Kathryn T at Book Date). Since two of our friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have been joining this meme for quite awhile now, we thought of joining this warm and inviting community.
When I was browsing titles for our current theme, I didn’t realize I reserved so many cat-related books until they were made available for pick up. I am in the middle of getting stuff organized in our new place so I will make this post short and sweet. Below are two cat books set in Europe that are perfect for cat lovers.
Zat Cat! A Haute Couture Tail
Written and illustrated by Chesley McLaren
Published by Scholastic Press (2002)
Copy borrowed from Hudson Library & Historical Society.
Zat Cat! tells the life-changing story of a scruffy kitty who strayed away from his Parisian home and ended up in a fashion runway. Talk about catwalk! With fun, rhyming details and “Faux French,” Chesley McLaren takes readers on a glamorous adventure through Paris, where fashion (clearly) is passion.
This book was inspired by Chesley McLaren’s very own charming feline, Monsieur Etoile. It’s a cute story of clothing disaster turned fashion sensation that would appeal even to young readers.
Madeline and the Cats of Rome
Written and illustrated by John Bemelmans Marciano
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers (2008)
Copy borrowed from the Wayne County Public Library.
A couple of months ago, I purchased the Madeline Treasury from Barnes & Noble. It features the original stories by Ludwig Bemelmans. In 2012, I featured Madeline for Perfect Picture Book Friday. Today, I’m happy to share Madeline and the Cats of Rome, which was created by Ludwig’s grandson, John Marciano.
In this book, Miss Clavel and the girls decide to go on a “sunscapade” by celebrating spring in Rome, away from gloomy Paris. Told in the same style and spirit of the original Madeline books, John Marciano highlights the beauty and majesty of Rome in the springtime. Like other Madeline books, feisty little Madeline gets caught in a dilemma involving a camera, a mischievous little girl, and a whole lot of cats. Needless to say, this book is super fun to read!
I’ve been busy with moving and organizing our new apartment, so reading has slowed down a bit. I am hoping to finish The Rabbi’s Cat this weekend. It’s a graphic novel that I would recommend to anyone who likes wit, humor, and philosophy.