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Reviewed by Ana-Maria Leasa for Readers' Favorite
Naughty, Cira by Rachael Martel is a short children’s book about a playful and sometimes impish cat named Cira who runs away from home. Her mouse and other toys were not enough, so the water bowl and her mother’s jewelry became a new form of entertainment. When Christmas arrived, the tree became a place of wonder and light, full of objects that Cira could play with. Will Cira be scolded for the many naughty things she has done and if so, what will Cira do? Will her mom and dad feel her absence and miss her? Will they worry? Will they look for her and where is Cira hiding?
The way that Naughty, Cira by Rachael Martel is written with the repetition of the words "Naughty, Cira" gave me the feeling of reciting a poem. I was pleasantly surprised by how well Jordan J. Kempain’s illustrations were integrated with the text and how precisely they captured the emotions on the faces and the gestures of its owners caused by the cat’s antics. I could see their love while the cat sat in bed with them and felt their distress when it left them. The illustrations featuring Cira put a smile on my face immediately, at times making me laugh at the odd way her eyes were drawn.