cover image Kitties on Dinosaurs

Kitties on Dinosaurs

Michael Slack. Dial, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-593-10838-3

A rascally trio—one pink, one striped yellow, and one patchy gray feline—who live on cat-shaped Kitty Island have “climbed everything there is to climb” and now have a lofty new goal: scaling the three dinosaurs they’ve spotted on nearby Dinosaur Island. After the crew sails across the water in their litter mobile, they make unfriendly first contact with “prehistoric grouch lizards,” then, in quick succession, enact plans B: Booted Buckaroos, C: Cat-mouflage, and D: Dino Drop. Slack’s omniscient narration adds a wry metafictional tone to the kitties’ exploits (“Close call, furballs. You barely escaped. Let me guess. Plan C?”). Textured, motion-focused digital art in mellow tones complements the feisty, big-eyed kitties’ nonstop action. An absurd conceit bolsters a lively story that encourages ambition, tenacity, creative problem-solving, and cuddling. Ages 3–5. [em](Sept.) [/em]