Stack the Cats by Susie Ghahremani (review)
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Ghahremani, Susie Stack the Cats; written and illus. by Susie Ghahremani. Abrams Appleseed, 2017 32p
Trade ed. ISBN 978-1-4197-2349-0 $14.95
E-book ed. ISBN 978-1-68335-040-5 $14.95         R 3-5 yrs

Cartoon cats (likely cousins to webcomic cat Pusheen) climb, play, and stack—preferably in sets of three—in this delightful counting book. Groups of four and five manage precarious stacks, while six cats prefer two stacks of three, and seven cats give up the game altogether and take a nap instead. That's probably for the best, because when eight attempt a stack, they go tumbling. Nine cats once more break down into threes, and ten cats, well … ten cats are just too many. Cat lovers will pore over the fluffy, fuzzy, striped, and splotchy felines rendered in clear digital hues that pop against mint-green and orange backgrounds, spotting both newcomers and visitors from earlier pages. Though the title can function as a simple counting book, the varying groupings of cats also offer opportunities for more complex math literacy activities; the slumbering, winking, and occasionally [End Page 411] flummoxed kitties will elicit giggles and grins from even the most math-averse. A second count of the cats in the latter half of the book divides them into different (and less linear) twos and threes, and a final spread invites viewers to count—and stack—the cats themselves. The minimalist text combined with the slick, playful illustrations makes this a sure bet for a lively readaloud—though listeners should probably be warned that stacking may not go over well with actual cats.

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