The Cats in the Doll Shop by Yona Zeldis McDonough is a fictional children’s book aimed at the younger crowd. This book is a sequel to The Doll Shop Downstairs.
- 140 pages
- Publisher: Viking Juvenile
- ISBN: 0670012793
My rating for The Cats in the Dollshop — 5
The Cats in the Doll Shop by Yona Zeldis McDonough (website) is an interesting book which manages to capture the lives of a Jewish family of immigrants vividly and colorfully which brings them to life. The time period, post World War I, is also captured with the same attention to detail which the story is told.
This is a simple and honest book exploring issues which might seem too grownup, but which fascinate kids and are important to explore together. What better way there is to explore complex subjects with children than fiction?
I liked it but I’m not the target audience so I read it to my daughter (7) to see how she likes it. I’m glad to say that she loved the book (the rating is hers as well as mine). She even agreed to help me out with questions for Ms. McDonough for the Author Q&A for which the author generously answered.
The Cat in the Doll Shop was not only a book that I enjoyed reading, but that my daughter enjoyed listening to – and times like those, my friends, are priceless.
So tell me, what was the last book you enjoyed reading out loud (kids or not)?
Anna, whose family owns a doll shop, discovered a cat in the yard behind the store, what made it even more exciting is that the cat is about to have kittens.
Meanwhile, the whole family is looking towards meeting their cousin, Tania, who is coming from Russia while her mother stays behind to work. Anna is excited because Tania is the same age – but the new cousin doesn’t respond to the warm welcome the way Anna imagined.
Zohar – Man of la Book
Disclaimer: I got this book for free.
Article first published as Book Review: The Cat in the Doll Shop by Yona Zeldis McDonough, and Heather Maione (Illustrator) on Blogcritics.
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