EMWF Kids’ Reads

Jungle Cat

Written by Andrew Larsen
Illustrated by Udayana Lugo
Published by Orca Book Publishers

Ages: 3-8

A book review by Eloise (7) and Ginger (7)

Jungle Cat

I like when Bob goes outside because it’s exciting. The outside world is chaotic and he is scared, but he ends up being okay.  – Ginger

Hi Eloise and Ginger! Can you tell us what this book is about?

Eloise: A house cat named Bob with a good imagination pretends he’s a jungle cat.  He visits his nice neighbours in his apartment, and they are very kind to him.  Bob gets stuck in a tree, calls for help and his neighbours work together to rescue him.

Ginger: It’s about a cat named Bob who lives in an apartment and likes to visit his neighbours. His owner says that the world outside of the apartment building is a jungle, so Bob decides to go outside. It’s too wild for him outside and his neighbours have to rescue him. They all have a party to celebrate his rescue.

What do you like about this book?

Eloise: I love cats!  This story is fun to read.  Each page has a lot to look at.  The girl in the story, his owner, looks a bit like me.    

Ginger: I like that the main character is a cat, because cats are my favourite animal.

What is your favourite part of the story?

Eloise: When Bob calls for help.  I like the “MEOW” across the page and seeing all the neighbours in their windows.  Also, I liked it when they had a party.  The cake looks yummy.  

Ginger: I like when Bob goes outside because it’s exciting. The outside world is chaotic and he is scared, but he ends up being okay.

What do you like about the illustrations?

Eloise: I like that there’s lots of details on every page. There are so many interesting things to see.  I like all the colours used.  I liked all the cat themes that are hidden around the story.  I really liked the perspective of looking down from above and seeing the inside of the apartment and the street.  

Ginger: I like the illustrations of Pearl’s apartment because of all her plants, and I also like the page where Bob is stuck in the tree.

Why should kids read this book?

Eloise: Kids should read this book because it is funny and there is so much to see on each page.  

Ginger: The book is funny, the characters are interesting, and the illustrations are detailed.

If you could ask the author or illustrator a question, what would it be?

Eloise: How did they come up with the cat themed titles of the books hanging in the bookstore window? Will you write more animal themed books? 

Ginger: Where did you get the inspiration to write this book? Did you have a cat that was like this?

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