Wednesday, November 14, 2012
We're All Different But We're All Kitty Cats: First Day of School
Author: Peter J. Goodman
Publication Date: July 1, 2012
Length: 52 pages
When Carlos goes to school for the first time, the other kitty cats laugh at him because he has no fur. After school, a couple of other kitties stand up for him against the school bully, but Carlos still cries when he gets home from school. His mom comforts him, telling him that he's special, and soon his classmates also realise that Carlos is special.
The first thing I noticed about this book was the illustrations. I absolutely love the art. It's so different from what I've seen in other children's books. One thing I really like about it is how it almost seems 3D. The way the picture focuses on one character, with everything else appearing to be further back, is really cool.
This book has a great message. I think it would be a good book for any kid that's been bullied, but I also think it would be good for kids who are the bullies. At that age, I like to think that it's not too late, and a bad kid could still become a good person. This story would put that kid in the position of the outcast, and could teach a good lesson in empathy.
This book is definitely going into my bin of books for my one-day child, along with my Dr. Seuss and Berenstain Bears books.
Full disclosure: Free copy received from the publisher.