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Posy Hardcover – December 23, 2008
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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
Top customer reviews
Her prose is lyrical and fun and here is a sample:
The artwork, by award winning Catherine Rayner, is large and gentle and captures the playful nature of the poem and the kittens.
And yet, there is a problem. And that problem is that while the art is warm and appealing, it's muted, soft colors and abstract style won't be for every youngster. In my experience very young children tend to like art in bright colors where the main characters have large and expressive eyes. Posy is the antithesis of this. And yet, she's charming and my two older children (6 and 8; boy and girl) liked the book.
So the best I can offer you as far as advice is to visually check this book out yourself and compare it to the forms of art that your child likes. If they liked "Wabi Sabi", for example, then they are likely to want to read "Posy" over and over.
Three or Four Stars, depending upon the child.
mom and reviewer at BooksForKids-reviews
Through mixed media illustrations of watercolor and pen and ink, Posy perfectly captures the adventurous day in the life of a tiger stripe cat.
There are few words per page, making this very appropriate for small children and new readers. The illustrations are adorable yet not overly colorful.
These authors carefully capture the magic of the feline that delights cat lovers everywhere. They capture it perfectly.
POSY is easily read in a short sitting, and a wonderful book to engender discussions with a young child as well as other family members who like cats.
If cats bore you, you may not like this book. But if you like them, Posy is a treat. My entire family loves this book even the eldest son who has graduated high school. This book is fun for all ages so if you get it for young ones, it is likely that others will enjoy it too.
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.
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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