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Grandpa Kitty Books Review by Barbette Yingst

Timothy T. Perry

I had the opportunity to review the book set called Grandpa Kitty Books. This paperback set includes:

  • Grandpa’s Kitty
  • Kitty’s Surprise
  • Kitty’s Big Adventure
  • Kitty Goes to the Park

Each book costs $6.99

Grandpa Kitty Books is a set of 4 easy reader books. I am not sure if they were originally designed to be “easy readers,” but they are very simple to read. Each book is paperback and contains an amazing adventure for Kitty and Kitty’s friends Al and Wendell. No matter whether Kitty if finding a forever home, or going to Disney World, these kittens are on the go all the time, bouncing from adventure to adventure.

Since my girls are both in High School, I was able to read each of these books to my very active niece. She doesn’t always sit still for an entire book, but I was quite pleased that she was able to make it through these books without getting distracted. Which honestly doesn’t happen very often!

Each of these short books contains 17-34 pages, and each page holds only one or two sentences. That helps keep a child’s attention while you finish the book.  The author Timothy T. Perry put together a simple yet very cute product. The pictures in the book are of Kitty (a stuffed animal) and friends, Al and Wendell (stuffed animals). These stuffed animals are positioned to have their picture taken to correspond with the story in the book. What child can’t relate to stuffed animals? I know that my niece is going to be looking at her stuffed animals a little differently from now on!

I personally found the books a little too simple. I was not a big fan of the use of the stuffed animals instead of either illustrations or actual cats. I feel these can be marketed for “easy readers” but I think the pictures need to be updated, brightened, changed up, or maybe even switched to illustrations. I believe that it is a little over-priced for what you get. That is not to say that I don’t like them, I would just need the cover to be a little more catchy to get my attention if I was walking by them.

—Product review by Barbette Yingst, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, September, 2016