Ava wants a pet cat. Mom and Dad always have reasons why "now" is not the right time. Tired of hearing "no," Ava takes a walk down the street. Just as she is sitting down on the bench she hears a sound. It's a kitten, and Ava is smitten!! She names the cat Itty Bitty and takes him home to be her "itty-bitty secret." That worked for a couple of days, but now Ava's cat has outgrown his name AND decides to make a run through the house! A surprised (and not happy) Mom and Dad have made their decision: Itty Bitty has to go. Is there ANYTHING that could possibly change their mind?
In the interest of transparency, I am a dog person. Even so, I loved Itty Bitty Kitty. The illustrations add expressiveness and whimsy. The story is fun, engaging, and (despite being fantasy), quite realistic. Every pet-hopeful child age 3 or older will see themselves in Ava! While Itty Bitty may take center stage, there are other themes ripe for parents to talk about: being sneaky, disobeying mom and dad, and personal responsibility.
Last but not least, I especially love the way the author embeds rhyme within sentences! Not only are they fun to read as an adult, but they will help young readers with letter sounds and combinations, and give them confidence with sight words. The one thing I struggled to figure out was Mom's remark about Itty Bitty being a "nose-kissing kitty." I searched the illustrations and text multiple times and came up empty every time. It is a nit-pick, but I doubt I'm the only one to notice it.
Fun, embedded alliteration and rhyme are just the beginning in this story about a girl and her adorable purple kitty. Young readers will instantly relate to Ava and her quest to convince her parents that she is ready to own a pet!
Be prepared for requests for "adorable pets."
This humorous picture book is an adventure about becoming a pet-owning family.
Itty Bitty Kitty is the perfect book to read when you have a child who wants a pet. The illustrations make it easy to talk about the responsibilities that come with caring for a pet, and that a "little" turns into a "bigger."
Beyond pets, Ava's choices illustrate concepts of being sneaky, ignoring "house rules," and disrespecting your parents. She is an "every kid," so you might ask your kids about their feelings, as well as ways to respond when parents say "no" or "not now."
8 and Up
3 to 8, 6 to 10
Borrow, for sure. Buy if you are a cat lover or know someone who wants to BE a cat lover.