| Hooray, a lift-the-flap book that is actually fun and clever and in which the flaps are used meaningfully.|
We open the book and immediately meet three cats, Tiny, Moonpie and Andre – identified by the names on their foodbowls.
On the next page they are looking disgruntled. Someone has drunk up all their milk. Someone has chewed Tiny’s tiny toy. And Andre reckons that mean there’s a ‘dog in this book’.
Cue for some hide-and-seek.
They hide behind the sofa. Then inside the piano. Next in a wardrobe. Finally in a suitcase, which is where the dog sniffs them out.
My favourite spread is coming up. The three cats recoil, but then notice the dog looks friendly. Tiny decides to reach out and… (turn the flap) touch. Moonpie, from looking terrified, reaches out and says, “Ooh! It is… so soft.” Andre goes next and agrees.
The reader is ionvited to stretch out a hand and stroke the dog.
But the dog gets frightened and runs off.
Now we need to lift the flaps to find the dog.
This is Viviane Schwarz’s (in 2011 she was a winner of Booktrust’s Ten Best New Illustrators Award) third Cats book. It’s fab!