Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to Sleep? by Bill Martin Jr & Michael Sampson Illustrated by Laura J. Bryant Age: Picture Book (Toddler – Preschool) Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Children, 2011 ISBN: 9780761459460 Find this book at your local library
Mother cat asks her baby cat a series of questions as they go through their bedtime routine at the end of the day.
The fact that this book is written by Bill Martin Jr. is a giveaway that this will be a fun children’s book read for kids and adults. I often use his books for my baby and toddler storytimes at the library, and the children always enjoy his books. They are engaging and can be interactive, which is the best way to keep the kids attention during the reading portion of storytime.
I like the sing-song tone of the book, and the repetition of the pace.
“Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Put on your night clothes.” “Not yet, Mother, I’m playing with my toes.”
The text is on one page, while the illustration spreads across 2 pages. The illustrations are very fun and colorful in dark tones of grays, pinks, purples and orange. Usually one color is dominate on each page from the blanket on the bed, to the color of the wall. It leaves the book with a clean, uncluttered feel to it. The illustrations are also full-page, which is another bonus for storytime, as everyone in the room will be able to see the illustrations. There is one more book featuring Kitty Cat:
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up? This one goes through the morning, wake-up routine of getting ready for the new day. I’ve read this one for storytime, and it was a hit with the parents more than the kids. But still a fun one, with a good rhyme scheme.