I stumbled across this fun book a few years ago when I was browsing the clearance section of a local bookstore. It was on sale for less than two dollars, and as I glanced through it I decided it was certainly worth at least that much. So I brought it home and read it to the girls, who quickly fell in love with the delightful rhythm and the bright illustrations. Since that day, I have read So Many Cats! too many times to count, and we’ve added another admirer to our family of readers. Now my son sits with my daughters and giggles at the pictures and counts the cats on every page.
This fun story explains how a certain family ended up the owners of a dozen cats. True cat lovers, somehow cats seem drawn to the family members, following them home, scratching at their door, peeking in their window. Even after declaring they are done taking in cats, they discover that they may have room for just one more…
The most appealing aspect of this book is Beatrice Schenk de Regniers’ endearing verse. It’s a very fun book to read aloud, and it’s a very pleasant story to listen to. Ms. de Regniers wrote many books in verse, and clearly knew how to do so very well. It’s simple without being trite, somehow still interesting after being read dozens of times.
The illustrations by Ellen Weiss are almost child-like in their use of imagination, with cats getting into all sorts of mischief throughout the book. My children stop me on every page to point out especially amusing kitties.
I’m so glad I picked up this book on a whim those years ago. It’s been a very fun addition to our children’s bookshelves and caused us to look up more of Ms. de Regniers’ delightful books. I hope you’ll check it out for your own family!