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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (December 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416971122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416971122
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.4 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #871,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-K—Posy is a "…whiskers wiper,/crayon swiper./Playful wrangler,/knitting tangler." Rendered in watercolor pencil crayons, acrylic, and India inks, she sometimes dominates the broad cream-colored spreads or divides a page into several vignettes with her actions. Color is used sparingly, allowing readers to focus on the striped and spotted feline. While grown-ups, particularly cat lovers, will be charmed by the stylized art, children will notice in the kitten's daily activities much of what interests them, too-chasing spiders, puzzling over mirrors, inspecting socks hanging from a clothesline, and cuddling with Mom at the end of the day. This book is well suited for sharing one-on-one, allowing youngsters to study the pictures up close and giving adults the chance to emphasize the playfulness of the text.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
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Cat owners will see their own pets in Posy. Brown-, black-, and gold striped Posy is described in delightfully rhymed couplets. She is a “whiskers wiper / crayon swiper.” A “sandwich checker / board-game wrecker.” All the descriptions of Posy invite funny depictions of the goings-on, but Rayner keeps the art, rendered in watercolor pencil-crayons, acrylics, and ink, as minimalist as the text, with the focus always on Posy as she romps across creamy vanilla-colored pages. That doesn’t mean opportunities for fun are lost. Posy the “leaf collector” treads under a tree where the fallen leaves caught in her fur give her quite a different appearance, and the kitty fills a two-page spread where she is clearly a “playful wrangler / knitting tangler,” enmeshed in pink yarn. A fine choice for children who are just tuning in to the playfulness of words, this is also an intriguing choice for new readers, who will stretch their skills to spend more time with Posy. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ilene Cooper

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This book was a disappointment.
MissPammy
The illustrations are wonderful and Posy is truly an adorable little kitten because of the illustrations.
Anne
The way Posy looks as she's about to pounce reminded me of my cat when he was a kitten.
Marisa

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen Joan VINE VOICE on January 1, 2009
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My three year old daughter loves books and cats, so POSY was a perfect choice for her. She loved reading about Posy, acting out Posy's antics, and pointing out details in the illustrations. POSY, written by Linda Newbery and illustrated by Catherine Rayner, is a charming, endearing, frolicking look at the typical day of a small, curious, energetic kitten. (Which just happens to be the same description of a young girl that I know!)

POSY is not a story, per se. It is more of a long, rhyming poem with lovely illustrations. The rhythm and rhyme of the poem are pleasing to young children's ears, and my child was drawn to the vocabulary and the language. In several places, she giggled with obvious glee, delighting in both the words and the pictures. The illustrations are very attractive. I would guess that they are mostly watercolor with ink pen for definition. They are very cute, and have enough detail to see the action that is described. My one criticism would be that they are too muted. The color pallet should be brighter and more vivid for young children. However, the energy and sense of playfulness of this adorable kitten come shining through.

The pace is nice for a bedtime book - POSY starts out very active, running around, getting into mischief. But by the end of the book, it is time for cuddles, snuggles, and sleeping. Just right.

My little one asks for this new book several times a week. I RECOMMEND this book for small ones through preschool age and beginning readers (particularly those with larger vocabularies). If your child likes animals, especially cats and kittens, POSY will be a good choice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Amara VINE VOICE on January 3, 2009
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This picture book follows a young calico cat around as she takes on the everyday cat adventures that face her. The writing is in rhymed couples and the illustrations are quite abstract, with the cat made up of lot sof colorful lines and the backgrounds uncluttered and mostly white.

Although I often don't like rhyming in a children's book, the rhyming couplets here about a kitten's antics work well! There are true to life phrases like "Pillow sitter, hissy spitter!" I've been around enough kittens in my day to know that the author really knows what they are like!

The illustrations, however, are not my favorite part of this book. Some of them work well, and show the kitten in motion nicely, such as that showing she swiping a crayon. A few, though, are a little overly abstract and a bit strange. I especially noted the last picture in the book, of the kitten and her littermate snuggling their mother. The mother cat has an area on her back which instead of looking like a fur color, looks like a hole in the cat, or an eye on her back. My daughter, who doesn't usually notice details, was quite disturbed by this and pointed it out over over.

Overall, this is a nice book to give a child who likes kittens and will enjoy seeing them do the things that cats really do---wrecking board games and all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Unity Dienes on December 23, 2008
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I'll admit that this book is a little spare--very simple illustrations on each page (much like the cover, actually) and a poem to accompany them. The words were the weakest part, I thought, since children in the 2-5 age range may have trouble with phases like "sprawly snorer" and "playful wrangler." Although my toddler liked it, I really wonder if he understood any of the language. I suspect he might be responding to the rhythm of the words and the pretty pictures. But really, I'm ok with that.

Given that the book didn't really grab me, I was surprised by how much my kids liked it. My 7 year old giggled through most of it, and declared afterwards that it was a "really cute book." My 2 year old was riveted, and asked about at least half of the pictures ("what's that?" "who's that?" etc). When I had finished the book he immediately insisted that I read it to him again, and I suspect that I will end up reading it many times to him, although it won't be one of those books I suggest. Unless, of course, I'm pressed for time--this is a very quick read, and easy to finish in a spare minute or two.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharpie on June 18, 2010
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My daughter and I have loved this book since we first read it over a year ago (she's five now). The watercolors/ink drawings are really eye catching and I find them beautiful. The adventures of Posy the kitten are adorable and this book captures what cuteness and mischief abounds around little kittens with very little text. One of our favorite sets of pages is "Sock inspector...board game wrecker!" We have cats whose personalities mirror Posy's and we enjoy this book very much--gets giggles every time!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Miller VINE VOICE on January 10, 2009
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I read this with my 3 year old son, since we have two cats, I thought a cat book would be fun for us. This book doesn't really have a story, just a description of a cat, which is kind of cute, since it is accurate when you have cats. Since it wasn't really a story, it didn't keep my sons interest that long. The pictures were also a little confusing, a few times my son had to ask what things were. If you're a cat lover you might like this, but I don't think it will be a favorite for little kids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marisa VINE VOICE on January 8, 2009
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Posy is adorable. The artwork is very pleasing to the eye. The antics of Posy the kitty were brought to life by the warm illustrations. The way Posy looks as she's about to pounce reminded me of my cat when he was a kitten. This is an easy read book that will definately delight a child.
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