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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
In Briley Isabelle Gordon Wants a Cat by Anita Stafford, we are introduced to a little girl who has been begging her parents to let her have a cat for a long time. Ever since she was a baby and could voice her wants, she has been asking them to get her a cat, but her parents keep telling her that she’s not big enough and to wait till she gets older. As Briley grows up, her love of cats and desire to have one as a pet doesn’t go away. Every day she thinks about all the different types of cats there are. White, black, and orange cats, long and short-haired ones. Briley thinks about them all the time. One day she decides to paint a beautiful picture of a cat to give to her parents. Finishing her masterpiece with her initials, which spell out BIG, she announces to her mom and dad that she’s big enough for a cat because her initials say so. Without further ado, Briley gets the cat she always wanted.
I thought this was such an adorable read. I remember when growing up how I wanted a cat or a dog so badly, but we just didn’t have the room while living in a small apartment. I had to wait till I was an adult before I could have three dogs and a cat. Briley Isabelle Gordon Wants a Cat will grab young readers' attention because many kids can relate when it comes to wanting a pet. The photos used to tell the story were great and gave powerful visual images that could have more of an impact than illustrations as youngsters are looking at real animals and a real little girl instead of a drawing. Anita Stafford has done an amazing job with Briley Isabelle Gordon Wants a Cat and I can’t wait to read more of her work.