We’re going to do something a little different this time because, well, to be honest, the idea amuses me. While I am certainly a great lover of cats and comics/cartoons,Simon’s Cat vs. The World struck me as something my six-year-old son and nine-year-old daughter would also enjoy. Anyone who knows my son knows he operates in his own amusing, creative universe, and my daughter is a voracious reader who can’t believe I’m not blowing through the Harry Potter series just once while she’s gone through it three times. (I’m about to start Book 4, at her insistence. Yes, I’m late to the party, as usual.)
So while I can tell you that Simon Tofield’s kitty creation is both very funny and full of detail, I wanted to know what my kids had to say.
Jack: “I like the part with the couch because he’s like AAAHHH!! with his paw. And the bird box is funny because the bird pops out and the birds are just like Yeah! I like the sticker with the arrow pointing into cat’s mouth because it’s like the cat is saying,Feed me.”
Grace: “I like the drawing lessons in the back because I like drawing a lot and I like cats. The book is really funny. The Godzilla part was my favorite.”
Jack: “And how could you conquer the Godzilla?”
Grace: “I don’t know, it was the shadow of the Godzilla toy. And Simon looked fiercer the dinosaur toy’s shadow.”
Jack: “Well, I don’t really see how that’s conquering it.”
(I think the cat’s ongoing war with the hedgehogs is my favorite.)
The included stickers and drawing lessons are also a great inclusion with the full color illustrations. The way Tofield explains his relatively simple way of drawing different animals is something even a semi-inept artist such as myself could handle. My daughter, on the other hand, could practically do it in her sleep. The kids got right to work on their own Simon the Cat artwork.
(Click on through to Glorified Love Letters for both their artwork and the rest of my review.)