Saturday, March 4, 2023

*Review* What Cat Likes Best by Erwin Moser


Genre: Children's 3-6 years
Published: April 4, 2023
Pages: 32

The second book in the series of Moser’s rhyming opposites.

The cats are waiting for their tea. The mouse says, "Please don’t look at me!"

What do a polar bear and a hare, a rooster and a panda, and a badger and an elephant have in common? Erwin Moser shows readers just that in eleven spreads featuring his playful rhymes and humorous illustrations.

Also in the series:

What Bear Likes Best

What Hedgehog Likes Best

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This is a rhyming book that basically just goes through a lot of different animals and what they do. It was translated from German to English, so I imagine some liberties were taken to make the rhymes work after translation, but with the exception of like two pages with longer descriptions, there were really no hiccups in the rhyming. It is very short with each page only having a brief sentence and picture, so reading it multiple times will at least not take up a lot of time. 

The illustrations had a more classic illustration feel, making me think of the Little Golden Books from my childhood. Some of them were rather fun and whimsical, depicting what the animals were doing (like the cockroaches having tea). Overall I give this book 3.87 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Erwin Moser was born in Vienna, Austria in 1954 and grew up in a village on Lake Neusiedl. He trained as a typesetter, and in 1980 began to create and illustrate his enchanting tales. For more than thirty years he published numerous children’s picture books, for which he received many awards and was shortlisted for the German Youth Literature Prize. His books, imaginatively written and illustrated, are remarkable for their warmheartedness and have earned their place in the canon of German-language literature for children and young adults. In 2014 the Erwin Moser Museum was opened in his home village of Gols. Erwin Moser died in 2017.

Alistair Beaton is a book author, playwright and translator, living in London. He speaks English, French, German and Russian.

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