Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That: Show Me the Honey

Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That: Show Me the Honey by Tish Rabe and illustrated by Christopher Moroney (Random House)
PB RRP $8.95
ISBN 978-0-8575-1042-6  
Reviewed by Oliver Phommavanh

Show Me the Honey is a book for younger early readers with a well-loved character. The Cat in the Hat continues to engage fresh fans with his new TV series. Each episode has the Cat going on adventures and explaining how various things work. These books are based on this neat format, offering facts disguised as clever rhymes.

Show Me the Honey takes the reader on a journey on how honey is made. Nick and Sally are kids who’ve just run out of honey. Luckily the Cat in the Hat has an invitation to Queen Bee Priscilla’s Buzzoo, a party that’s just for bees. With a little help from Things One and Two, the kids and the Cat become honourable bees for the day.

Fans of Dr Suess’ original books will be pleased to know that the trademark humour and rhythm remains intact here. The fun of words is contagious and will carry early readers along nicely. The illustrations have been kept old-school, with simple and classic drawings.

Kids will adore these books. There are many more in the series. Adults who grew up on Dr Suess may want to read with their kids too. Recommended for ages 6 and up.   

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