- Book Style: Storybook for Kids
- Reading Level: 2 (Read with Help due to: some mid-level vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 5-7 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration Style: Cute, Saturday-Morning Cartoon
- Age Target: 1-8 Years of Age
Zoya, The Cat’s Baker is a cute storybook for kids about a little girl named Zoya. Clearly (given the title), Zoya is a baker that bakes specially for cats. The book is written by Shubhra Sharma and follows Zoya and her little friend, a cat named Tabby as they go about their daily lives. Not only does Zoya bake, but she also takes good care of Tabby and we, the reader, get to see the development of a great relationship.
My favorite part about this book is the simple way the content is tackled. Our author makes this an incredibly easy book to read by breaking up each statement/sentence into its own line. It gives the book an almost poem like appearance and, as I read it to my little guy, it helped him understand more. As we read each line together, what we both noticed is that every line developed either a character or the story further. On the first page, we learned:
- Zoya is the main character’s name
- She lives at 6000 Cat’s Lair
- Which is in Austin, Texas
- Her house has lots of windows
- Her backyard has lots of trees and plants
- She loves the backyard
- However, only when it’s nice out
- She likes skipping
Now, Shubhra does an eloquent job of telling you all of these things, but what I’m pointing out is the high level of absorption your child will have as you read.
The story itself is very sweet and is simply a nice story to read with children. There’s nothing in the story that’s sad or that plays with little emotions. Instead, it’s just a happy book with a happy beginning and a great ending. What’s more, Zoya is a very caring character and that shines through. I mean, who uses specialty cat ingredients in cat treats?
The other thing that strikes me about the book is the illustrations. They were done by Jewelle Villarisco and honestly, I feel like I’m watching Saturday morning cartoons as I flip the pages. Zoya herself is incredibly cute, the cats are fun to look at, and every background detail is well illustrated. I love the soft colors and soft features throughout the book, as it fits incredibly well with the story. Also, if you grew up like I did watching Astro Boy, or any of the early North American anime shows, you’ll love the illustrations too.
Now, given all of this, it’s pretty easy to recommend this book. The price for a paperback copy is only $9.99 USD, while a Kindle copy comes in under $4 USD. For a cute little story like this, those are some pretty easy prices to swallow. What’s more, this book comes with its own coloring book component, as your child can color all of the illustrations themselves. Right away, I wanted to see what my little one would do. In any case, here’s the link for purchasing Zoya, The Cat’s Baker!
Until next time…Smash, crash, and learn!