Sadly, this cute cat book is particularly relevant as it was recently announced that celebrity cat Mittens will be leaving Wellington and moving to Auckland. I think this is a useful book to read with children anywhere though, as it explores how community and culture can flourish even in a large city.
This simple rhyming story shows what Mittens gets up to on a given week and the people and places he explores. Each day he leaves his home and visits recognisable sights around Wellington city.
I found aspects of the text to be too twee for my tastes but the illustrations bring genuine diversity and heart that I feel make up for the basic story. Phoebe Morris has obviously made an effort to show the many different sorts of people that dwell in Wellington and I think her dynamic illustrations really lift the whole book.
This could be a fun book to read to 4-7yr olds and it would work as a good starting point for discussions about the important people and places around your region.
Title: The Adventures of Mittens: Wellington’s Famous Purr-sonality
Author: Silvio Bruinsma
Illustrator: Phoebe Morris
Publisher: Puffin NZ
Publication: January 2021
Themes: Community, celebrity
Do you have any advisory warnings for this book? none
Would this book work as a read-aloud? Yes
Is there a particular part of the country that it’s set in? Wellington
Reviewer: Lucy Black, Librarian, Mt Cook School Wellington
How are you recommending this book? Recommended
What’s the book’s opening sentence? Once upon a time there were two royal kittens.
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