REVIEW: Joy by Yasmeen Ismail
Oh, boy! Oh, boy! A lively kitten is full of joy until she takes a tumble. Can a little comfort from someone special help her feel happy again?
A bouncy kitten loves to play. She scampers from the bed where her mother sleeps. She wriggles and races all through the room, chasing her ball of yarn, until — TRIP, TRIP, SLIP, FLIP! OH, NO! A romp with a big blue dog sends the kitten tumbling! Who can make things better again? Award-winning author-illustrator pair Yasmeen Ismail and Jenni Desmond celebrate the love between a parent and a little one with this buoyant, rhythmic read-aloud. Simple, playful language captures the kitten’s irresistible energy, while cheerful mixed-media illustrations create a cozy world for all the adorable action. RUN, RUN, FUN, FUN. This story is pure joy.
Whee – what fun a little kitten has as she chases her toy – where ever it may go and over whoever (the poor dog) it might bounce – around the house. Go-go-go indeed which anyone who’s ever lived with a kitten (or puppy) will immediately remember. But they’re so darn cute that you almost don’t care about the things knocked down and turned over. Much. When kitten takes a tumble, mom’s there to check her out —
A little hug, a kiss, a squeeze
Let’s check your paws
And clean your knees
I think you’re going to be just fine.
Give yourself a little time.
Now, look at me. Are you alright?
Did you take a little fright?
I’m always here if you fall.
All you have to do is call.
Thank goodness for kittens and mothers. B