From Publishers Weekly
A wide-eyed cat (with a mouse sidekick) is determined to reach a russet-colored fish sitting on top of a high kitchen cupboard. Wreaking household havoc in the process, Kitty jumps onto higher and higher objects to reach the fish, reassuring herself with each progressively tougher leap that "it's easy peasy!" While Jennings (The Dog Who Found Christmas) has come up with a winning catchphrase (some adults may find it almost too memorable), the story gets off to a slow start?the central action could easily start three pages earlier than it does. But momentum builds quickly once Kitty starts jumping, and Jennings further engages the audience by asking, "What should she do?" every time Kitty finds that the fish remains out of reach. Linch's (This and That) soft-edged paper collages, meanwhile, captivate from the very first page. Rendered in richly colored and stylishly patterned chunky shapes, each vignette is full of comic energy and movement. Playful and varying perspectives also help make every one of Kitty's leaps come alive. Ages 3-6.
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1. Big, simple shapes against a neutral background make it easy for youngsters to follow the progress of a chunky black-and-white kitten as she jumps from basket to bucket to table to plant stand to cabinet in an effort to reach a succulent fish. Many of the illustrations are close-up, two-page spreads of the kitten as she gazes wistfully up at the fish, sprawls on the bucket, or leaps through the air. At each stage of the pursuit, the text asks what she should do and the kitten cries, "I know. It's easy peasy," before making the next jump. The nonsense refrain will appeal to young children and they will readily anticipate the kitten's responses. Of course, once she is on top of the cabinet, getting down is not so easy. Parents may not appreciate the illustration of the kitten's rescue by a child reaching while standing on tip toe on an upended bucket balanced on a stool. This is not a necessary purchase, yet the simple pictures, progressive text, and focus on resourceful self-sufficiency will not be lost on young audiences.?Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY
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