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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
Hayley the Halloween Cat and The Search for Bitty the Bat by Wanda M. Luthman is a children’s picture book narrated through a rhyme scheme that will have kids happily reading along out loud. The colorful characters all have rhyming names, each feels unique and brings something new to the story line with their brief moments. Illustrator Mara Reitsma has a way of bringing emotion and life to her lively creations and will prompt smiles from adults and children alike. Cat lovers and animal lovers in general from all walks of life will especially be drawn to this book, as its main character is a cat. The overall tone of the book is very simple and one that most children, depending on their age, will be able to comprehend.
Wanda M. Luthman and illustrator Mara Reitsma’s Hayley the Halloween Cat and The Search for Bitty the Bat transported me into one of my favorite holidays; Halloween. The idea of a black cat followed by an odd eclectic group of friends going to search for their friend the bat is an original concept and one that folks of all ages will find incredibly endearing. I feel that this would be the perfect kind of book for teachers to read at Halloween to younger children. While it contains some characters that initially children may fear, they are used in such a friendly way that they might also be able to dispel some of those fears children may have. A fantastic book to share with all your friends and family.