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How to Draw a Happy Cat

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This book is about how to draw a cat. Duh, right? But you can’t assume that just because you draw a smiley face the cat is going to be happy. So, the omniscient narrator is drawing various things to help keep the cat happy. These things include airplanes and pizza and a catapult. Eventually the cat doesn’t look happy but someone else ends up sad so what shall the narrator do now? This book was fun, and the illustrations are simple enough that any reader could repeat them.  I really like how it was colored and how one does not need to stay inside the lines. Overall, this is fun.
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Thank you NetGalley. It wasn’t what I was expecting but I did find a cute story of drawing a very active cat. I could see young ones enjoying this book.
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Thanks to Netgalley and Astra Publishing House, Hippo Park for a free digital copy.

A great combo of a funny story paired with how to draw a happy cat and some other fun items. I think this book is multifaceted in it's use.
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How to Draw a Happy Cat is a cute picture book for the youngest readers by Ethan Berlin with illustrations by Jimbo Matison. Released 4th Oct 2022, it's 40 pages and is available in hardcover and ebook formats.

This is such a whimsically appealing little book. It's ostensibly a drawing book, but Cat just won't be satisfied. First she wants a cool t-shirt and a stuffed bear, and soon it's a pizza catapult which Cat needs to be happy!

All of the drawings can be used as fun copyable drawings as an activity with the smalls - as well as a nice bedtime reading book (and handy escape from the 5 millionth reading of Goodnight Moon).

Four stars. Very simple but very fun. This would be a great choice for public or school library acquisition as well as for gift giving and/or home use.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
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Thanks to Netgalley and Astra Publishing for the ARC of this! 

Absolutely adorable and had my kiddo laughing along with cat’s silliness. Reminded me of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, except If You Give an Airborne Cat a Pizza Launcher. Really fun to read aloud.
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This is a funny picture with basic illustrations that can encourage a child to learn how to draw. Kids will like the increasing silliness of the book as it goes on.
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This book interactively instructs children on how to draw a cat, make it happy and keep it happy!

This ARC has lively illustrations and narratives that are sure to capture the interest of little kids.
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So cute and not at all what I was expecting! I think this is a great book rec for patrons looking for books on cats, feeling your emotions, and tantrums.
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Such a fun book with bright bold illustrations. It gave me classic Harold and the Purple Crayon vibes, which is one of my favorite kids books of all time. Definitely want to add this one to our collection!
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How to Draw a Happy Cat by Ethan T. Berlin is definitely an easy way to draw a cat. The illustrations show how to draw one fun. Making drawing a kitty 🐈‍⬛ cat 🐈 a lot of fun.
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This seems like a great readaloud for PreK and families. The colors are bright with high contrast. It's pretty fast paced with lots of action. Would be great for tie-ins to drawing classes and graphic novel artists.
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I read this picture book twice, as I was so certain I’d missed something. Imagine If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, only with simpler drawing and a less compelling storyline; that’s this book. It ends with a pizza catapult, which doesn’t make any more sense if you had read the book.

I guess preschool-age artists could use illustrator Jimbo Matison’s example to learn how to draw. So three stars for parents of pint-sized budding artists, and one for the prose, which averages to two stars. Two very generous stars.

In the interest of full disclosure, I received this book from NetGalley, Hippo Park and Astra Publishing House in exchange for an honest review.
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A goofy guide on how to draw a cat - you might think it's simple but it takes the whole book, and a whole lot of other drawing guides, to get there
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Want to draw an adorable happy cat?  This book makes it easy-peasy but wait... the cat suddenly is unhappy! Why?  Oh nooooooo what can you to do to turn that frown upside down? 

The author tries to pacify the unhappy cat by giving her a cool t-shirt, a stuffy, a skateboard, some friends, an airplane and some delicious pizza.  Those appeasers makes her happy only temporarily but then her smile once again disappears.  Whatever will cheer cat up and put a permanent smile on her face and in her heart? 

This imaginative, creative, read-out-loud picture book is hilarious.  Kids will love the fun vibe and parents will know the book is a winner after it is requested to be read again and again.  The illustrations are fantastic and there are ample opportunities for interaction as kids are instructed how to draw different objects that may make an unhappy kitty contented.  The author leaves a pathway for a sequel at the end of the book with the statement:  "But now Chicken is sad."  Bring it on...kid's will love to hear more I'm sure!  I highly recommend this book.
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What feedback can I give? My kid demanded we read this three times in one night. High praise!

The book is presented in an "interactive" manner. There isn't anything to flip or pull, but the narrator asks the reader what should happen next. The narrator is also obviously the artist, as the whole thing is very crayon-y, each image like the next panel in a comic book. It's endearing, and the artist conveys a lot of motion with really simplistic artwork.

There's a fair chance this book is going to get added to my family's physical shelves, upon release. Hopefully, by then, my kid can read it to herself!

Advanced reader copy provided by the publisher.
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I love how Berlin breaks entwines humor and breaking the fourth wall with elements of 'how to draw' in this picturebook! By the end of the story I was chuckling out loud and imagining reactions from my storytime readers as I read the next thing the book was saying would make the cat happy. 

An enjoyable, quick read that is sure to get kiddos laughing.
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Oh my goodness, if you're looking for a fun drawing book, this is it! How To Draw a Happy Cat is a hilarious story about a grumpy, demanding cat who goes on all sorts of adventures with his friends. Think skateboarding on airplanes and catapulting pizzas.

This book is absolutely perfect for K-2 and would be so much fun to use as part of a drawing lesson. There are directions for drawing the cat and a few of his friends. The pictures are quirky, bright and colourful and will surely appeal to kids of all ages.

A big thank you to NetGalley and Astra Publishing House for an advanced readers copy.

A blog review and instagram post will be coming on release day.
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Did you say a PIZZA CATAPULT?!

What a silly, fun and educational book. I simply adore how the author and illustrator built in simple drawing lessons into a story about friends, fun and of a course a pizza catapult!! This book is sure to keep kids from about 4 - 10 ( likely moms & dads too!!) busy for hours. 
And do I smell a sequel? How to Draw a Happy Chicken? YES please!!

Grateful as always to have received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley & Hippo Park Books.
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How to Draw a Happy Cat was such a fun read! While it started as a directed drawing, it turned into a sweet story as to how to make the cat happy. It was neat to see what direction the story would go at each turn, from giving the cat friends, to an airplane, to a pizza catapult. My 3 year old currently loves trying to draw different things, and I would absolutely buy a physical copy of this book so he can try to copy the drawings.
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How to Draw a Happy Cat is a very wacky book!! It contains lots of step-by-step tutorials on how to draw certain animals and objects. I loved the storyline and how things just kept getting crazier!
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