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JUST LIKE HEAVEN; A MUTTS CHILDREN'S BOOK

Author: Patrick McDonnell

Illustrator: Patrick McDonnell

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Publisher: Little Brown and Company,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Mooch the cat falls asleep under his favorite tree. While he was sleeping, fog covered the land, and when he awoke, he realized he was in Heaven. So he decided to explore. After all that exploration, he needed another nap ... and when he awoke, there was no fog, but it was just like Heaven. This is a picture book where readers explore the world through the eyes of a cat.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, learning to read, read aloud, developing reader

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 4 to 7

Reading Level: 2

Age of Child: Read with 5-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler/kindergartner liked the book, but not enough to ask for it again. If we picked it up and started reading, s/he would come snuggle close to listen, but never picked it out independently.

Adult Reader Reaction: We liked the story. The theme is simple and is universal. We also like the soft images. Combined with the minimal text, it makes a wonderful bedtime story ... even though you can read it any time.

Pros: The illustrations are engaging and leave room to capture the imaginations of all listeners and readers. The presentation is simple, using text judiciously and allowing the pictures to carry the message.

Cons: None, really. The younger part of this target audience is likely to miss the "heaven on earth" concept (i.e., enjoy what you have around you).

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. If you like books that are calming and don't overpower your bedtime ritual, this is a must read. If you or your child likes cat books, then this is a must have.

If You Liked This Book, Try: FREDERICK   TIME FOR BED   HUMPHREY's BEDTIME

Educational Themes: This is a book to be shared and enjoyed just for fun.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2007

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