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Cute story, but not well-illustrated
on December 28, 2010
The story in Marley and the Kittens is cute and very well-written/well-paced/well told. That said, I found the illustrations to be very unappealing. The proportions are inconsistent and off in a way that is puzzling at best (i.e. when a character is one size relative to its surroundings in one picture and another size in another). Sometimes the distortion is actually disturbing, i.e. I thought "Mommy" was a daughter or maybe a teenage babysitter. The baby is rendered in an odd shape, and overall there is a kind of 1950's illustration vibe going on that just doesn't work here. I wanted to like the book for the story alone, but illustrations are important in a picture book, and I found the ones in Marley and the Kittens to be a distraction.