Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Papillon Goes to the Vet AND Max Attacks

The coronavirus has changed many things in our world. Luckily, humorous books for kids are out there, to keep their world less stressful.

I'm a dog person. I've been one for as long as I have memories. Maybe it's the Siamese that attacked me repeatedly. Maybe it was the kitten I rescued from a tree that clawed my neck in thanks. But--I'm a dog person. But these two books are so funny and sweet, I have to admit to a smile.

First Title:    Papillon Goes to the Vet               
Author/Illustrator: A. N. Kang

Publisher: Disney Hyperion, 2017
Intended Ages:4-8
Themes: Humor, Sickness

Opening Line(s):
"Papillon is a very fluffy cat. He can float like a cloud in the sky."
Synopsis: A playtime accident lands a cat at the veterinarian (no worries cat lovers--there's a happy ending!).

What I like about this book:
This story combines absurdity and reality in a charming way. A bird and a cat are best friends! And the cat--well, it can do things no real cat can, in a believable setting and story. The squirrel in the background of the illustrations adds more humor.

Second Title: Max Attacks
Author: Kathi Appelt     

Illustrator: Penelope Dullaghan
Publisher: Atheneum, 2019
Intended Ages: 4-8
Themes: Animals, humor

Opening Line (s): "This is Max. He attacks. In a bowl of water brimming . . . Fishes! Lots of fishes swimming."

 Synopsis: A slice of life look at a cat that fancies himself a predatory champ, but turns out to be a better napper.

 What I like About this book: Don't we all fancy ourselves a bit more skilled than we are in reality? I know I do! Max is an endearing look at an ordinary cat and his foibles. Told in rhyme, this story is a fun read aloud.


  •  Compare and contrast the cats in these two books.
  • Make cat toys for a local shelter (call ahead to see if they're open, or deliver them later)
  • Read about animal "manners" and training methods. The ASPCA is one source for information.
  • If you have pets of your own, check your pet's toys for loose bits or hazards. Fix them or throw them away.
  • Play with your pet and see who tires out first!
  • Draw a picture of your pet, or one you'd like to have.
I hope you enjoy these books. Happy reading!

This review is part of PPBF (Perfect Picture Book Friday) where bloggers share great picture books. Organized and curated by author Susanna Leonard Hill, she keeps an ever-growing list of Perfect Picture Books. #PPBF


  1. Cat lovers will have fun with this book! I really enjoyed your thoughtful activities for busy minds and active hands. Lovely choice!

    1. Thanks, Pat! I'm a cat-book lover even if I'm more of a dog lover.

  2. I'm not sure if I'm a dog person or a cat person. I think I'd call myself an all-around animal person, but I do like picture books about cats, and you highlighted two today that look like fun reads. I also love your idea to draw a picture of the pet you'd like to have. My imagination is running wildly happy on this one! :)

  3. Oh, this sounds like fun. And in rhyme! And I love the name of the cat, translated to English means "Butterfly!" A cat so coordinated (in his mind), he floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee. How ironic.

  4. Fun combination of books and great activities.Thanks Wendy.