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Book: Jeremy Kooloo
Author: Tim Mahurin
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile, 1995
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 2-5
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Mahurin, Tim. Jeremy Kooloo (published in 1995 by Dutton Juvenile, a division of the Penguin Group USA Incorporated). Author Tim Mahurin’s debut picture book tells the captivating story of a chubby white cat named Jeremy Kooloo with unblinking blue-green eyes which has a nonfat milk addiction and will drink it from the glass, the carton, or the floor. The tale goes through the alphabet and consists of 23 words, one for every letter on each double-page spread plus the end page with “XYZzzz.” Some words build to full sentences, as “A Big Cat Drank Every Full Glass” and “Indeed, Jeremy Kooloo Loves Milk.” Others stand alone but still say a lot, like “Hiccup!” and “Oops!” The result is always a healthy “Prrrrrrrr,” followed by a cat-nap under a quilt patterned with letters of the alphabet.
The lovely illustrations are in soft browns and reds in the style of American primitive artists. The book is a great help for preschoolers to become acquainted with the alphabet, and when they get old enough to begin reading, the easy words and clear alphabetical order will be quite pleasing to them. Even though it was a bit below our younger son’s reading level at the time when we checked it out of the library for him, his name is Jeremy and we had a cat, so it was a natural.