Tuesday, April 7, 2020

49. Bittle

Bittle. Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan. Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino. 2004. 40 pages. [Source: Library] [picture book; animals; new babies]

First sentence: In a big yellow house lived a cat and a dog.

Premise/plot: Nigel (The cat) and Julia (The Dog) don’t quite know what to think about the new baby their humans bring home. The duo name the baby Bittle...and life will never be the same again.

My thoughts: I loved, loved, loved this one. It is equal parts silly and sweet. The cat and dog are the parents doing all the hard work. Their hard work and love pay off when it comes to the baby’s first words.

I would definitely recommend this one. It would be great as a board book. It would be fun to have an adaptation of this as a cartoon.

It’s so good I can almost imagine Levar Burton narrating it.

Text: 5/5
Illustrations: 4/5

© 2020 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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