cover image Cat Family Christmas

Cat Family Christmas

Lucy Brownridge, illus. by Eunyoung Seo. Frances Lincoln, $22.99 (24p) ISBN 978-0-7112-7492-1

The holiday countdown begins in this folksy lift-the-flap book that follows the Cat family through a busy final 12 days before Christmas. When Mommy Cat is finished with her work in town and the kittens are home from school, the whole clowder clicks into prep mode. Mommy and Daddy Cat join with their kittens to decorate the house, bake gingerbread, pick up Granny and Grandpa Cat from the train station, and do their own style of caroling (“We fish you a meowy Christmas and a tabby new year”), until at last it’s time to snuggle in for a cozy Christmas Eve. In Brownbridge’s smooth, efficient text, the cats breeze through a mighty to-do list with aplomb and good cheer. And Seo’s scenes in a quaint village and house hum with activity and bounty, energized by the multiple flaps that reveal festive and fun details in each scene. Ages 3–6. (Nov.)