cover image Cat


Matthew Van Fleet, , photos by Brian Stanton. . S&S/Wiseman, $16.99 (20pp) ISBN 978-1-4169-7800-8

Created in the style of 2007’s Dog , this compact photographic book showcases as many varieties of cats as it does interactive components. Tabs enable playful motion: on the cover, a gray cat dips his paw into a fish bowl; inside, a Bengal swats at a ball of yarn and a “swishing slinky cat tail” twitches. Other cats are pictured next to descriptive titles: a fluffy “aristocat” sits on a tuffet while a “nice cat” dozes next to a parrot. A “scraggly cat” features a furry cutout, while a hairless, “scary cat” (a Sphynx) lives up to its moniker. The final panels offer portraits of the cast of characters, with their names and breeds. The lively diversity of felines makes this as appropriate on a coffee table as in a playroom. Ages 2–up. (Feb.)