Cat's First Baby

A Board Book

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Pub Date 01 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 30 Mar 2022

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I am a cat.
Are you a cat?

Cat is curious. There's a new addition to the family, but who exactly is this small being? This new arrival doesn’t meow like a cat, or smell like a cat, or even have a tail like a cat. As Cat investigates, he might just come to appreciate this loud, silly family member. After all, they both enjoy a good catnap.  
In Cat's First Baby, the feline companion to Dog's First Baby, Natalie Nelson captures the wonder and humor of a new family member through a cat's eyes. Sure to delight kids and cat parents alike, this board book promises to be a repeat read-aloud.
I am a cat.
Are you a cat?

Cat is curious. There's a new addition to the family, but who exactly is this small being? This new arrival doesn’t meow like a cat, or smell like a cat, or even have a tail...

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Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House for the opportunity to read and review an Advanced Reader Copy of this title.

Cat's First Baby by Natalie Nelson is written from the cat's perspective when a new baby arrives. Cat doesn't have experience with babies, so it takes a little time to figure out what the baby is. Although the cat and the baby are different in many ways and have conflicts at times, they also have a lot in common and learn how to live with each other.

The simple text and illustrations in this book are perfect for parents to share with babies and toddlers. The colors are bright and bold without being overwhelming or overstimulating. The illustrations are simple, but also interesting and engaging. The book is a good length as to keep the attention of very young readers. I would recommend this book for parents of very young children, especially those that have a pet, as well as public libraries and daycares.

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There are plenty of books out there about introducing a child to a new pet, but what about the adjustment that happens when a pet was there first? CAT'S FIRST BABY is a sweet little board book for situations just like that. Cat isn't sure what kind of creature mom and dad just brought into her home, but she knows that it isn't a cat! She's curious about this wiggly new being, and after awhile, she sees that they actually have quite a bit in common — both of them like to play, enjoy naps, and even take baths. The illustrations in the book are just beautiful, and the layout is simple, colorful, and easy to read. This book includes some slightly elevated language like "spectacular" and "apologize" which is good to help build up a child's vocabulary with words they might not hear otherwise. I would certainly purchase a copy of this book for my library's collection and would encourage other librarians to do the same. Thank you to NetGalley for the advanced reader's copy of CAT'S FIRST BABY!

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A perfect early picture book. Great illustrations. Short and easy text. Love the color scheme and the cat's expressions are spot on.

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Ugh, this is so cute. The art is really great but simple enough to work for even the youngest 'readers,' and the language is very simple and effective. The overall messaging is sweet as heck too, and I can't wait to buy this for my cat-loving friends when they have kids.

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