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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
J.R. Poulter's Cattitudes: A Collection of Cattiverse is a delightful collection of rhyming poetry revolving around that wonderful feline. From big to small, they are all included, from tigers to lions to household kitties, there are even some cameos of dogs and other creatures. The drawings in the book are eye-catching, and are in cartoon-style, some even have a tattoo-like quality to them. Different structures of the poems keep you on your toes, one is even heart shaped. Although some of the poems will make you smile and laugh, one did bring tears to my eyes, so be prepared for some eye-welling. Also following the poems are Topics for Teachers.
Two of my favorites were The Nationalities of Cats and Lady Elise and the Tiger! I thought that, overall, the poetry was wonderful and that children, especially, would enjoy it. The poetry itself reminded me of older rhymes from years past, which was like finding an old treasure, because we all long for those bygone days, sometimes those "days" being older than two or three generations. The language is such a gift. One example that I liked the most was (and I’m taking things a bit out of context, not verbatim) the stripes raining down like liquorice strips, which I thought was so cleverly put. There are some words that are the British spelling version, so some American readers might not get it, but I was aware of the meaning, so I don’t feel it would stand out too much. J.R. Poulter's Cattitudes is sure to delight all humans, from small to medium to adult sized.