I admit, I do not like children or pets near Christmas trees. Not so much because they cause havoc (which they do) but for their own safety. And in The Twelve Cats of Christmas one of the things we see is how several cats do a lot of havoc and disregard safety!
Feather Flores must have said one day, “Hey! I want to write a Christmas book and let us use cats in the Twelve Days of Christmas!” And we should be happy they did as it works great. You see cats doing cat things: sleeping under trees, on packages, in packages, chasing string, and causing mischief. Even though Santa is right there, and they are supposed to be helping.
The flow of the poem is perfect and easy to read (and if you are not singing by the end A) you are lying and B) We can’t be friends). It is Twelve Days of Christmas in all its glory, but with CATS (BONUS!!!) And the artwork is sweet, colorful, detailed, busy, fun, crazy, insane and my favorite game to play with kids while reading can be played (how many cats are on the page? Is there a black cat? Which is your favorite cat?) So even the 100th time can still be a fun read as you mix it up. Carrie Liao was the perfect addition to this book with them doing the illustrations. You can read them just as much as the text itself. The whole package is a plus.
There is some adult humor but nothing that is not kid friendly. All ages can love and enjoy. The ending has two pages showing the Cast of the Book (each of the cats that we are introduced with) and names, likes, dislikes and favorite Christmas activity.