The Cat Barked?
by Lydia Monks
Published by U.S. edition: Dial, 1999
Ages 3 - 6
"I wish I were a dog. Dogs have all the fun!" voices a boldly striped orange tabby at the opening of this anything-but-wistful picture book. The cat makes some good points on the merits of doggy-ness: dogs get to go to the park, guard the house, and catch crooks, "and they're always the heroes in movies and books." But the little girl to whom the cat belongs knows just what to say to make her cat feel fine. She first points out the less appealing side of being a dog (at least less appealing to a cat), and then all of the unique things that cats can do that dogs can only dream of. Playfully written and illustrated, there is plenty to make young children smile, and even think about, as they read or listen to the rhyming text and look at the vibrant, not-too-silly illustrations of Lydia Monk's first book. CCBC categories: Picture Books for Younger Readers (MS; June 7) © Cooperative Children's Book Center