Sunday, October 10, 2010
Author: Jan Brett
Age Suitability: 3 to 6+
I read a number of Jan Brett's books with Angel and Star when they were younger, and love her detailed style of illustration. I bought Annie and the Wild Animals - a new Jan Brett to me - for Cherub last year, but she wasn't interested at the time. Recently she picked it up and has wanted it read several times since. Coincidentally it ties in with the "pets" theme that is running at Cherub's school. Annie's cat disappears, and she tries to find a new pet by leaving out corn cakes for the wild animals. She is visited by a moose, a wild cat, a wolf, deer, and various other animals that are definitely not good pets. With the coming of spring, they disappear back to the wild, and Annie's cat returns ... with her new kittens.
As ever, the illustrations are gorgeous - both the main pictures and the borders, which themselves tell part of the story. The book also gave us lots to talk about ... seasons, animals, living in cold places, and a friend who had a moose in her backyard. Time for more Jan Brett for Cherub, I think.