Here Comes the Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood

Here Comes the Easter CatCindy: The Easter Bunny had better watch out…Cat just might take over in Here Comes the Easter Cat (Dial 2014). Cat is jealous that everyone loves the Easter Bunny. Bah humbug (wrong holiday, but you get the idea). Cat communicates wordlessly with the narrator through drawings he holds up and his facial expressions as he works through his jealousy. Cat decides to take on the challenge, but he quickly learns that it is a hard job. Filled with humor, Claudia Rueda’s sprightly illustrations, and a mischievous cat who likes chocolate bunnies so he can bite off the ears, this holiday story delivers more than colored eggs. Young children (and some teens and adults I know) often think that someone else has it made. Their life is more fun, more glamorous, more entitled. Usually it is an uneducated position, and one that changes with experience. Cat learns a few things about what it’s like to be in the Easter Bunny’s shoes and that he can’t get in his accustomed number of daily naps. The snarky humor is fun, but Cat learns that being nice has its merits as well. I guess I should share my jelly beans…

 

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Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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