Kid Lit: Bruno

Bruno: Some of the More Interesting Days in My Life So Far by Catharina Valckx

Published on April 1, 2017.

Goodreads Summary:
Bruno, the cat in the checkered cap, takes life as it comes. When it’s too rainy to go outside, he rustles up an inside picnic with his friends. When he meets a fish swimming in the air, he follows it. Why not! When the canary forgets how to sing and can only speak gibberish, Bruno helps out.

My Thoughts:
This book is quite peculiar. It’s set up with 6 chapters – each one chronically a different day in Bruno the cat’s life. The illustrations are fun, but the text is a bit hard to follow. It’s almost like jumping in in the middle of a book. Parts of the story are meant to be told with the pictures, I think, but I found it distracting that the text didn’t tell a complete story.

Also, since this is a rather simplistic chapter book, I thought the text should have been larger. The sentences were simple enough for an early reader to decode on his/her own, but the font was small, like a picture book.

I think children’s books should be entertaining for adults as well as children, but this book seemed like one written with only kids in mind (I guess?). I didn’t really care for it.

My Rating: 2 Stars

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  1. I totally agree with you in regards to children's books needing to be entertaining for kids and adults. Kids love to be read to – at all ages – parents shouldn't find it annoying or painful to get through the story. And there are so many brilliant examples of kids books for all different ages that meet this expectation.

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