Mader, Roger C. Tiptop Cat, PICTURE BOOK. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. 2014. $17.99.
“Of all the gifts she got that day, the best one was the cat.” The new cat quickly becomes acquainted with his urban home. He loves the balcony and the rooftops that lead him to his favorite spot “on top of the world.” One day a pigeon lands on his balcony, and the cat quickly learns that cats definitely cannot fly. After a long fall from the high balcony, the cat no longer visits the balcony or the rooftops and certainly not “the top of the world.” And then, a crow lands on his balcony. The crow goes up and so does the cat until again he’s “on top of the world.”
Oh, Tiptop Cat! Where have you been all our lives?! This is hands down one of our favorite books. The illustrations are beautiful and simple. The story has just the right pacing that make it fun to read out loud to little ones. I can’t count how many times we’ve read this book, and it never gets old. This is a must have! I’m going to end this review now, so you can go pick up a copy. Go! Now!
PRE K-EL (K-3)-- ESSENTIAL. Reviewer: Rebecca H.