I had read the book Kitten Construction Company: Meet the House Kittens by John Patrick Green in the “picture book” format and like this smaller “novel” format better. It helps it to be geared towards the age it is meant for (at least 6 and up, but younger can be read to). The larger picture book size is great for being able to “hold on to” it but it does deter some older readers. This format makes it look like a “big kids” book and still allows early and established readers access.
I do not remember what I gave as a score last time, but this time I am saying a 4 as I had forgotten the cafe dish washing scene (sorry, it turned me off this time around reading it).
That scene aside, adorable kittens as construction workers is not only a base for a cute story, but a good representation about taking on challenges and doing your best. The real images that surprise attack in the middle of sweet, illustrated illustrations is a funny and punny gem for the adults.
The cover tells you all you need to know about how the illustrations will work. They are bold, modern, and cute. Just like the kittens (but don’t tell them that!). This is the first in an at least two book grouping, and it is a great way to get your kids into reading with continuing their love of trucks/construction and animals. And do not let names like Professor Wigglebottom fool you, these cats will have you wanting to build your own mansions, too!
(not from book, just a fun image of cute cat and construction)