June 22, 2015
A Castle Full of Cats by Ruth Sanderson
A Castle Full of Cats
by Ruth Sanderson
Once upon a time, a queen lived happily in her castle full of cats. She loved them all — the pretty ones, the plain ones, the good ones and the naughty ones. She painted pictures of them, played with them and even served the dinner at the table with the king.
The king was not happy.
So the cats decided to win him over in typical cat fashion. If you’re a cat person, you can imagine what this means. If not, just accept it as true cat behavior. If a cat loves you, it will bring you special little presents. Shoes, perhaps because they are available year round, are often the gift giving location of choice.
The king was not happy. In fact, he was so unhappy that he left and came back with his own solution. And, no, I’m not going to spoil the ending.
Written in rhyme, this book is a fun read aloud. Young listeners will also love the antics of the cats as well as Sanderson’s illustrations which show both what the cats are up to but also the king’s range of expressions. The illustrations show so much more than is revealed in the text alone that both are truly essential to fully enjoy this story.
Cat lovers with be drawn to this story and the amazing illustrations. Clearly, Sanderson studied a wide range of cats before creating her artwork.
But you don’t have to be a cat fan to love this book. Young readers will identify with both human characters (the friend who wants to share something she loves and the friend who just doesn’t get it) as well as the cats themselves who are full of energy and mischief.
Although the rhyme makes for a fun read aloud, the book lacks the quiet necessary for a top notch bed time book. Not to worry. You’ll want to share this again and again and pour over the illustrations with your young reader.