Told as a humorous conversation between the reader and Cat, who responds by holding up signs, Here Comes the Easter Cat is a great holiday book. It doesn’t explain much (or anything) about the Easter holiday itself, but for parents who are looking for a secular way to celebrate, it’s wonderful. After Cat spends the first three quarters of the book plotting to beat the Easter Bunny at his own game, the book ends with a lovely story of friendship and cooperation.
The illustrations by Claudia Rueda truly make the book–Cat doesn’t speak, so his responses are purely portrayed in pictures. Any cat owner will recognize familiar feline body language. Cat’s facial expressions are perfectly done, so even the youngest readers will be able to read his feelings. While it’s a fairly simple book that younger kids will enjoy, don’t hesitate to use it for slightly older children as well–I laughed out loud at several passages, and kids up to 7 or 8 will love the humor in it as well.
Review by Kate Sweeney
Here Comes the Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood; illustrated by Claudia Rueda; Dial; c2014