REVIEW: Here Comes the Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Claudia Rueda
Why should the Easter Bunny get all the love? That’s what Cat would like to know. So he decides to take over: He dons his sparkly suit, jumps on his Harley, and roars off into the night. But it turns out delivering Easter eggs is hard work. And it doesn’t leave much time for naps (of which Cat has taken five—no, seven). So when a pooped-out Easter Bunny shows up, and with a treat for Cat, what will Cat do? His surprise solution will be stylish, smart, and even—yes—kind.
Ha! I’m ahead of the game with this one. Cat is jealous of all the attention the Easter Bunny gets. Of course, being a Cat, he thinks he should be the center of attention. But maybe he ought to rethink his first impulse to give children the gift of hairballs. Um just no, Cat. And an Easter Cat can’t take seven naps and still deliver all the eggs and chocolate in time. Cat has to learn that overcoming jealousy, offering to help, and working together can get the job done and make a new friend.
Once again, Claudia Rueda’s illustrations tell us exactly what Cat is thinking even if he never meows a word while Deborah Underwood’s text helps children learn more social skills. Plus we get more Cat cattitude. B+