Where Is Catkin? by Janet Lord, illustrated by Julie Paschkis
Catkin heads out to hunt in the garden. He sees and hears different animals in the garden but he can’t catch them. There is a cricket, a frog, a mouse, a snake, and a bird. After Catkin pounces them they disappear from view. But sharp-eyed readers will be able to spy them hiding. Finally, Catkin climbs a tree to catch a bird, but goes too high. Now it is Amy’s job to find Catkin in the garden and rescue him!
The first thing you will notice about this book is its amazing illustrations. Done in an almost Slavic motif, they are rich, deep colored and stylized. As Catkin pounces an animal it appears in the yellow and red border, adding another layer to this book. Lord’s text is brief and invites young readers to participate in the seeking and finding of the animals. Readers will enjoy spotting not only the animals in the text, but also insects and other animals.
A richly illustrated seek-and-find book that is perfect for the youngest listeners. I would suggest using this with only a very small group, because the pleasure of the book is to look closely at the illustrations and talk about them. Appropriate for ages 2-4.
Reviewed from copy received from Peachtree Publishers.