Oswald Minklehoff Honey Bunny III is used to being the Cat of the House. He has his chair for watching his favorite show and his favorite toy. Samantha (his human) says he has to be nice to Pom-Pom, the new kitten. That isn't going to be easy. When Pom-Pom starts taking over Oswald's space and favorite things - without asking! Oswald isn't happy. When he decides that he is going to show Pom-Pom who is boss, he learns something: maybe sharing is more fun.
With cats as the main characters, it may be easier for kids to talk about their feelings toward their siblings. The story is written in such a way that they could talk about feelings of jealousy and anger, whether related to sharing, taking things without asking, and even imitating everything they do (as an older sibling). Even if there are no sibling issues, Oswald's narration introduces concepts of dealing with change (not always easy to explain or do), and can also apply to friendships.
Preschoolers and young elementary-aged children will see themselves in Oswald. His feelings about having to share and make changes will resonate with them, whether they are thinking about a sibling or even a friend.
This is a picture book that uses a new kitten for a story about change and becoming a bigger family.
The story is a not-too-veiled metaphor for kids who are learning to adapt to a new sibling. The story isn't just about a new cat, though, so even if there isn't a new sister or brother, Oswald's feelings translate to friendship, too. It makes understanding what "change" can feel like very easy for young readers to appreciate.
9 and Up
3 to 8, 6 to 10
Definitely, borrow. Kids with younger siblings will appreciate Oswald's position. This is a story you might read a couple of times, but neither the story nor characters are so strong that you'd keep this forever.