A wonderful review from the School Library Journal!
Thank you, School Library Journal!
SCHOONMAKER, Elizabeth. Square Cat. illus. by author. unpaged. CIP. S &
S/Aladdin. Jan. 2011. RTE $14.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-0619-3. LC 2009039884.
PreS-Gr 1–Playing off the square peg in the round hole theme, this title
gently packs a powerful message about self-acceptance and friendship. Eula,
a square cat, laments the difficulties she faces in a world of round cats.
When she tips over, it’s difficult to get up. Living in a city surrounded by
square buildings renders her invisible. Circle skirts or outfits with
stripes are a “fashion don’t” on a square cat, and trying to “make it work”
is not an option. Her round feline friends, Patsy and Maude, try to help sad
Eula get her “purr” back. After a makeover including round hoop earrings, a
beehive hat, rouge painted on her cheeks, and a doughnut party, Eula falls
again, and....you get the picture. Her friends put themselves into square
boxes and show her the possibilities and upside of living the square-cat
life. Ink and bright watercolor illustrations using basic shapes with simple
and engaging facial expressions steal the show. Schoonmaker uses the shapes
of these clever cats’ mouths, eyes, and eyebrows to communicate their
emotions. Eula changes from skeptical, to happy, to confident. The support
of loving friends and her experience figuring out how to “make it work” for
herself are the catalysts. Plentiful white space is used to help the
colorful blue, orange, and yellow cats pop off the page. This delightful
book with its spare and simple text is perfect for storytime or sharing
one-on-one.–Anne Beier, Clifton Public Library, NJ