cover image Cats Are a Liquid

Cats Are a Liquid

Rebecca Donnelly, illus. by Misa Saburi. Holt, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-250-20659-6

Inspired by an actual scientific paper, this amusing STEM picture book explores whether and how cats are a liquid “based on the way cats... fill up any container they squeeze themselves into. As Donnelly’s loose, easy rhymes (“Cats slop./ Cats plop./ Cats drizzle,/ slosh,/ flop”) playfully probe the proposition, cleverly riffing on liquid’s qualities, the book’s humor is largely visual. Digital illustrations by Saburi fully exploit the investigation with screwball scenes of kitties stuffed into beakers, lying melted in a patch of sun, drifting through the sky like mist, and wreaking classic cat havoc as they’re tested by an inclusive group of child scientists. As Donnelly and Saburi display, liquid-ish felines make delightful, funny subjects for scientific research and picture books alike. Back matter includes a recipe for cornstarch “oobleck” and further information about the science joke at the heart of the book. Ages 4–8. [em](Oct.) [/em]