Book Reviews

Review — A Pussycat’s Christmas by Margaret Wise Brown

A Pussycat’s Christmas by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Anne Mortimer. Source: own. Format: Hardcover, 32 pages, HarperCollinsPublishers, 1994.

A Pussycat’s Christmas a beautiful, heartwarming children’s classic (in my opinion). Margaret Wise Brown wrote the classics Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, too; her poetic-like writing enchants you and lulls you. My mother would read A Pussycat’s Christmas to me every night on Christmas Eve. Even now I still like to read it on my own around the holidays. It’s just such a magical, enchanting picture book, originally published in 1949.

The book follows Pussycat, a fluffy black and white cat, as she experiences Christmas trees, wrapping paper, snow, Santa’s sleigh, ornaments, and carolers. She’s curious and intelligent, but most definitely a cat. The gorgeously detailed and realistic paintings by Anne Mortimer are just perfect for the story. This book is definitely one to treasure and keep for your children and their children and so on… Very few Christmas-themed books have been as memorable as this one, and I highly recommend adding it to your collection as a children’s read-aloud book.

About Margaret Wise Brown:

Few writers for children have been as attuned to the concerns and emotions of childhood as Margaret Wise Brown, and indeed her unique ability to see the world through a child’s eyes gave a new and enduring dimension to picture-book writing in this country.

Her many popular books, including Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny, and Little Fur Family, continue to delight thousands of young listeners and readers year after year.

About Anne Mortimer:

Anne Mortimer is a member of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters and specializes in wildlife and floral miniature painting. She is recognized as one of the finest contemporary painters of cats in the world today. She has also illustrated date books, calendars, and greeting cards. Ms. Mortimer lives in Somerset, England.


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