Review of the Week: Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed


Newman, Lesléa. Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed. Amy Bates, Illus. Pic. Bk. Candlewick, 09/2015. [40]pp. $16.99. 978-0-7636-6555-5. OUTSTANDING.  GRADES K-3.

Ketzel the kitten becomes a celebrated composer when his owner, Moshe, submits his work to a competition for one-minute compositions. This is the delightful true story of what unfolded when a kitten’s playful romp across the piano keys inspired the music of human composer Moshe Cotel. The story is richly illustrated with double-page spreads created from a mix of watercolor paints, charcoal pencil, and pastels. These illustrations blend with the text and enrich the narrative. The story is both whimsical and true, a combination that will appeal to young audiences. The book concludes with an author’s note that presents the facts and historical events upon which the story is based. This would be a unique book for storytime in a library or classroom, as well as a read-together at home.

Sarah Zaharako, Independent

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