McQuinn, Anna. Lola Gets a Cat. Rosalind Beardshaw, Illus. Picture Book. Charlesbridge, 02/2017. pp. $15.99. 978-1-58089-736-5. HIGH ADDITIONAL. GRADES PRE-1.
In this charming addition to the picture book series, Lola, a preschooler with brown skin and curly black hair, shows her parents she is ready to be responsible for a cat by researching and practicing how to be a good pet owner. In keeping with the proliteracy message of the series, Lola and her mom choose a book to help Lola learn what cats need to be happy and healthy. The family adopts their new cat from a shelter, and the text stresses the importance of allowing adopted cats to slowly adjust to their new environment. The book features large bold type and an easy-to-read font, and the vibrant acrylic illustrations express the gentle affection Lola has for her new pet. This book is a good choice for beginning readers as well as an informative read-aloud for storytimes.
Melissa Morwood, Palo Alto Public Library