Rosencrantz Laundry Basket

Children - Animals
18 Pages
Reviewed on 04/28/2024
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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

Rosencrantz Laundry Basket, written by Sarah Kott-Tannenbaum and illustrated by Ann Fu, follows Rosencrantz, a two-year-old cat, who wishes he was better at managing his fear. Whenever the vacuum cleaner roars or the sound of exploding fireworks is heard, he does not show the same acceptance or coping mechanisms as his brother Gil or his twin sister Portia. Despite being an introvert who is happiest at home, Rosencrantz does venture out a little and is able to explore, coming across lizards, butterflies, and even a praying mantis in the tall grass. With each encounter, he grows bolder, inching a little closer toward the traits of his siblings that he admires. When all is said and done, Rosencrantz finds solace in his favorite laundry basket, dreaming of future adventures.

Rosencrantz Laundry Basket is a very simple and satisfying little read, and author Sarah Kott-Tannenbaum does a good job of addressing fear in an accessible manner. I think what really stood out to me in this story is that Rosencrantz is not shamed for his fear, and is actually taught by his jet-set brother cat that it's normal to be afraid sometimes. This allows a young reader to see that being scared is deeply personal. Our own cat goes to the back corner of the closet when the vaccuum cleaner gets moving, and Rosencrantz's sister, Portia, does the same. She may very well have a bit of fear too, but she has found a mechanism to cope with it. Kott-Tannenbaum's writing is clear and concise, matching well with the abstract artwork of illustrator Ann Fu, who breathes life into the story with a bold primary palette. This was a nice addition to our weekend rotation and our little critics gave it a unanimous thumbs-up.


A wonderful book!


As a cat lover and advocate for self-improvement at all ages, this is a great little story. Keep growing bolder, Rosie!