"Curious Kittens"

Curious Kittens


Book: Curious Kittens

Author and Photographer: Roy Volkmann

Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0385327787

ISBN-10: 0385327781

Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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Volkmann, Roy. Curious Kittens (published in 2001 by Doubleday Books for Young Readers, a division of Random House). We are a family of cat lovers, so when our younger son Jeremy was five we checked this cute picture book out of the library for him. Three little inquisitive kittens investigate a fishbowl and wonder “what it’s like in there” while a goldfish swims in circles. There are a black and white longhair, an orange tiger, and a silver-gold tabby. They think “we can do that.” Of course, they don’t want to get wet. So they find an empty bowl and the fun begins as the black and white decides to climb in and try to “swim.”

This very simple photo story has one short sentence per page and relies on the pictures of the three adorable and silly kittens to carry the weight. The “conversations” among the three cats are fun and entertaining. It is good both for children learning to read and for younger children to be read to. A pleasing companion to Curious Kittens is Volkmann’s Hide-and-Seek Puppies (2000). Roy Volkmann is a successful advertising photographer who lives in New York City with Al, one of the models for the book who was so cute that he adopted him after the photo shoot.

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