David Biedrzycki has a cute book about a cat that shows the sumo wrestlers a few tricks after they show him how to be the best kitty he knows how to be. Yet, I am much more interested in the real SumoKitty (only shown in a brief photograph cameo at the end) that inspired the book SumoKitty. And I want to know more about Sumo wrestlers as the terminology that is given on the page alongside the story is nice, but I want more. And not to mention, where does the Japanese saying, “Fall down seven times, stand up eight” come from? This expression is what inspires the wrestlers, no matter how many times they might not win a match, to get back up to start all over again.
Before SumoKitty was SumoKitty he was a stray cat that was hired to eat the mice. But plenty of mice to eat and easy living, made SumoKitty a bit on the slow side. And the mice? Well they had no respect for him after that. It is then that our hero decides he needs to show those rodents a thing or two about a thing or two!
Still, while SumoKitty is a perfectly grand book and it is truly a funny story that got more than a few chuckles from me, I am not sure it is going to get a reread from me. However, that perfectly quirky kid (or the quirky kid in we adults) will gobble it up like a SumoKitty gobbles up noodles!