Big Cat, Little Cat / by Elisha Cooper. 10.31.2018

Roaring Brook Press ISBN 9781626723719

PRI PK-Grade 1 Rating: 5

Elisha Cooper wrote and illustrated this delightful picture book for the youngest of readers.

In Big Cat, Little Cat, a white cat lives alone. One day a new little cat shows up to live with him. The first cat shows the little black cat where to eat, drink, and rest. Days go by, and the little cat grows up. They spend years together until one day the older cat leaves. Then a new little cat comes to live with him, and the cycle begins all over again.

Cooper pens a picture book with bold black and white illustrations, with bright yellow accents. He presents a story that shows the role animals play in our lives, as well as the friendship of two cats. Readers will enjoy viewing the simple text and drawings over and over again, and personalizing it with their own experience of family pets. The departure of the older cat is told simply, and off-stage, yet it offers a venue for discussion. Cooper, the author of several picture books, draws on his personal experience with cats to deliver a warm message that the love experienced by pet lovers continues even during loss. The repetition of text and artwork is what makes this book a welcome addition to the library.

Recommended for public and school libraries, and especially pet lovers. It is especially a suitable book to share with families experiencing the loss of a pet. A 2018 Caldecott Honor Book, Big Cat, Little Cat is a touching story that will be read and enjoyed over and over again by readers, both parents and children alike.

Carol R. Gehringer, CLJ