There Are No Cats In This Book (Viviane Schwarz)

Hello, friends! Our book today is There Are No Cats In This Book by Viviane Schwarz, the playful interactive story of three kitties with a wanderlust.

A sequel to There Are Cats In This Book, the story picks up with the amiable trio of Tiny, Moonpie and Andre, as they are packing their bags for a trip. You see, they are eager to leave the book they are in so that they may see the world. One problem though: they can’t figure out how to leave the book! They tried pushing their way out and jumping their way out, but no luck. But perhaps, with a little help from the reader and a bit of magic, they can make their dream of exploring the world a reality – and even being a surprise back home with them!

This is a fun, sweet little book that can be very engaging for little ones. The brightly-colored kitties are ripe for creating distinct voices for reading aloud, the text is fun and conversational, and the interactive elements are fantastic. We haven’t read the prequel to this one yet, but we certainly look forward to it. But for this one, the length is great, JJ loves it, and it’s a lovely, silly, and thoroughly enjoyable read for little ones. Baby Bookworm approved!

How To Find Gold (Viviane Schwarz)

Hello friends! Today, we read How To Find Gold by Viviane Schwarz, a cute little tale about a girl, her crocodile, and a hidden treasure.

Anna and her crocodile friend decide that they want to do something dangerous and difficult. “Let’s find gold!” suggests Anna, and they set about preparing to find gold. First, they practice their secret-keeping faces, then Anna decides that she is strong enough by lifting Crocodile. They know they need a map with an X, so they draw one. They set off in their boat and spot a scary storm on the horizon, and sail straight in! Will the friends find their gold?

This was a really cute book with two great messages: all things are possible with imagination, and don’t be afraid of the dangerous or difficult, especially if you have a good friend beside you (I especially loved that a female protagonist was embodying this message, and a POC at that). The book is also a lot of fun to read: the nonsensical and deliberately illogical conversations definitely feel like they come from the mind of a child, and are quite funny. The illustrations are sweet, then magical, then sweet again in turn. Our only issue was that it was starting to border on too long for a one-year-old, but JJ still sat through the book without too much wiggling, and slightly older kids definitely would. Baby Bookworm approved!