Robinson, Michelle. Pawed Piper, The. Chinlun Lee, Illus. Picture Book. Candlewick, 2019. pp. $16.99. 978-1-5362-0165-9. OUTSTANDING. GRADES PRE-1.
“I wanted a cat to cuddle. A great big furry fluff ball, like the cat in my book. So I laid a trail.” A young girl sets out to attract a cat and has more success than she bargained for—she “lost count at SIXTY-SEVEN!” Watercolor-and-pencil illustrations show a pale-skinned family in a suburban environment along with cats of all descriptions. Neighborhood scenes depict people of varying skin tones. When she finds numerous “missing cat” posters, the girl sets about returning them to their homes. All except for the six new kittens who were born in her sock drawer—she does keep one of those and finds homes for mama cat and the rest. Good for storytimes.
Kathy L. Haug, LibraryKat’s Practiced Eye Proofreading