Many of you seemed to really enjoy my recent post Favourite Books for Toddlers, and since both Caterpillar and I love reading so much I’ve decided to start a regular book review feature. This week we’ve been reading a very unique book called Cat’s Colours by Airlie Anderson.
Our own cat isn’t a huge fan of Caterpillar I must admit. But the sad fact is that Caterpillar loves her. It’s all very one-sided and heartbreaking really. Anyway, the result of this is that Caterpillar adores any book with a cat as the protagonist!
The illustrations in this book are what makes it stand apart from other picture books. They begin in grey and white only but as Cat’s adventure continues she encounters more colours along the way, as does your little one. This is a really fantastic way to teach your toddler more about recognising and learning the names for different colours.
Caterpillar really enjoyed the anticipation of wondering which colour would appear on the next page and rushed to tell us it’s name. The style of illustration is really soothing and the contrast of single spots of bright colour on grey is really aesthetically pleasing for the adult reading too! This lovely You Tube trailer really demonstrates what I mean.
Each colour is also associated with an object so it teaches children about the world around them, and encourages them to go out into the world and identify the colour of objects there too.
Narrative wise, it’s a fairly short read for a picture book and is definitely mostly about the engaging artwork, however there is an adorable twist at the end which gave me a grin even after a very long day, and delighted my little man.
If you’re looking for a short, beautiful read which really encourgages interaction with your child you’ll love Cat’s Colours.
To get your hands on a copy visit Child’s Play books.
22 comments on “Book Review: Cat’s Colours by Airlie Anderson”
I absolutely love the cover of this book 🙂
The inside is even more beautiful! Highly recommend x
I love books with great art work so will have to seek this one out. I am not familiar with the author at all! Thanks for sharing 🙂 #MarvMondays
Neither was I actually, but plan to check out their other books now too. Thanks for reading x
What a wonderful book to get children learning their colours, my girls all adore cats so they would love this! Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe
Sounds like your girls would definitely enjoy this 😀 x
This sounds great – and the illustration looks adorable! My daughter has yet to encounter a cat up close, though her best friend in the world is my parents’ dog. Together they are an absolute nightmare! 🙂 #readwithme
The illustrations are so lovely, never seen colour used in that way before. Ha ha – I can imagine, my son loves dogs too but pretty hard to manage when they get together! Thanks for reading 🙂 x
This book sounds great and with two little kittens at home, would be right up my daughter’s street! #readwithme
Perfect! Thanks for reading x
Wow what an amazing book review! Sounds like such a fantastic rad. if you didnt know i host a book review linky – pop over and link up if you can! Suz x beauisblue.com
No I didn’t know that, I’ll definitely come and check it out. Love to discover new linkys. Thanks for commenting x
This reminds me of Elmer the elephant which is another great colour book! #twinklytuesday
Yes absolutely! We love those too, similar concept x
When I learned I was pregnant the first thing I started to collect was books. I’ve always loved reading and wanted my children to enjoy it as much (my daughter is now a sixteen year old proper bookworm, but sadly my son isn’t as enthusiastic).
The Cats Colours sounds like a book I would have chosen for the book case. Anything well illustrated and colourful is a winner.
Our favourites were We’re Going On A Bear Hunt and of course that golden oldie The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Thanks for sharing your favourites 🙂 I would be so touched if my children still loved reading as teens. Thanks for commenting x
this sounds like a lovely book to share x
Thanks, it is really great x
Oh I love the sound of this book. M is learning her colours just now so we are huge fans of any books featuring colours. Will have to see if this is available from the library
It is really fab and beautiful to look at. Thanks for commenting x
Hi lovely, I love the sound of this book. I’ve never come across a book where it evolves like this one does. What a lovely way to bring a book and a story to life. We’re big book fans in our house too and love discovering new books so thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays 🙂 Emily
No problem, hope you like it. It’s really gorgeous. Thanks for reading x