From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K—This picture book has what every cat person wants—a lot of felines in all their playful, mysterious glory. Mortimer's cats are second to none. Stainton's spare text—"Singing cats,/Swinging cats./Cats that wink,/cats that think./I love cats!"—offers just enough material for the artist, who endows each illustration with more texture and character than one would expect this side of 3-D. The white backgrounds increase the charm of the book by spotlighting the cats. The repetitive, rhyming text, use of opposites, and buoyant pictures make this a good selection for early readers. And with its smooth and easy read-aloud lilt, I Love Cats
is perfect for group sharing.—Kara Schaff Dean, Needham Public Library, MA
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The unseen narrator likes all kinds of cats, and there are plenty of cats to be seen: big cats, little cats, hairy cats, scaredy-cats. Using an almost photo-realistic technique, Mortimer offers more than two dozen cats to "ooh" and "ahh" over. Most are in typical kitty poses--frolicking, snuggling, tumbling--though some images move into the fantastical: a cool cat wearing sunglasses. The text is brief: one adjective followed by the word cat.
Occasionally the cats look as if they have been cut and pasted onto the background, but it will take practiced eyes to discern that. Pair this with Kittens! Kittens! Kittens!
by Susan Meyers (2007) for maximum catness. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved