Cats Don't Like Christmas!

Children - Picture Book
35 Pages
Reviewed on 04/19/2023
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite

Everyone knows that cats are finicky. They like things their way. Another thing cats don’t like is change. Andy Wortlock understands the way of cats and shares how they feel about Christmas in Cats Don’t Like Christmas! Christmas is a time of change. Often, the furniture is rearranged, and a Christmas tree becomes the center of attention in the living room or den. Unfortunately, cats also believe they should be the center of attention and do not like sharing that position with anyone or anything. In addition, it is hard to sleep with all those blinking lights. Then there are the “hoomuns.” People tend to visit during this season, and cats don’t like interruptions to their schedules. All in all, is there anything to like about Christmas? Well…read this book and find out.

Everyone loves Christmas! Well, how about Mr. Scrooge? Or maybe the Grinch? Reading this book will enlighten you in understanding how cats feel about this holiday season. From the title, Cats Don’t Like Christmas!, it is easy to comprehend how cats think. They feel that the Christmas season is a significant intrusion into their lives. Andy Wortlock writes this story from a cat’s viewpoint. He understands how cats think and shares his insights with the reader. On every page, there is a mouse and a ball of yarn. Help your children find them. The words in this story can almost be sung. The rhymes are delightful and fun to read. There is also a web address for even more fun. While buying this book, go ahead and double your enjoyment by buying its sister book, Cats Don’t Like That!

K.C. Finn

Cats Don't Like Christmas! is a children's picture book on animals and holiday themes. It is suitable for young readers aged three to seven years and was penned by author Andy Wortlock and illustrated by artist Nahum Ziersch. In this charming picture book that follows on from the instructional and pet-friendly volume Cat’s Don’t Like That!, Wortlock returns to explain all of the new and unusual features that Christmas can bring to a home, and how your cat might respond to them. From climbing the Christmas tree to struggling with family and lights, this joyous little book charts the highs and lows from a cat's-eye perspective.

Author Andy Wortlock strikes the perfect balance between the educational and moral messages of this adorable picture book and the funny, entertaining side of cats and how they react to strange new stimuli. The storyline is brief but totally effective in the right time span for the age range, and it certainly covers all the major areas of the holiday season with easily-accessed language in bold, clear print. The illustrations by artist Nahum Ziersch bring the cat to life in so many brilliant ways. I especially enjoyed seeing the beaming cat’s face reflected in the bauble and searching for the tiny mouse on every double-page spread! Overall, I would highly recommend Cats Don't Like Christmas! for young readers learning to care for their pets for the first time and also for any child to learn about empathy whilst also having a great reading experience.

Pikasho Deka

It's a well-known fact that cats don't like change. And nothing brings as much change in a household as the arrival of the Christmas holidays. Cats Don't Like Christmas! is a children's picture book by Andy Wortlock that follows a cute house cat preparing himself ahead for Christmas and all that it brings. With eye-popping illustrations by Nahum Ziersch, the book follows a cat's point of view as to why the time during the Christmas holidays is some of the most tumultuous in his life. First of all, the Christmas lights flash all night. How is one supposed to sleep? And those visiting pesky "hoomans," always messing with the fur. And don't even mention the noise; unbearable. But even a cat cannot resist the delights of Christmas for long for they get to play with new toys.

Cats Don't Like Christmas! is a funny and lighthearted picture book that is bound to make your child laugh. Author Andy Wortlock shares the joys of Christmas with a fresh take -- by viewing it through the eyes of a cat. As someone who grew up with furry feline friends, I have to say he perfectly portrays the essence of a cat. This is how they probably see Christmas. The dialogue is witty and further complemented by the artwork. The illustrations by Nahum Ziersch add another layer of engagement to the story, making it all the more fun to read. I had a blast reading the book and highly recommend it to parents to introduce it to their children.