- Book Style: Kids story book with a happy ending
- Reading Level: 2 (Reading With Help due to: mid-range length and some difficult vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 5-7 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Simple, drawing, cute
- Age Target: 1-8 Years of Age
- Author: Nerina Di Benedetto
- Author’s Page: Nerina Di Benedetto
- Book Purchase Page: $0.99 USD – Kindle Version, $9.99 USD – Paperback
- Social Media Links: N/A
Ice Cream Kitty is a kids story book with a happy ending. The story starts out with Tommy the cat hearing some fun downstairs (in his house). He runs downstairs and ends up chasing a butterfly outside. Eventually, he runs into an ice cream truck, but can’t find his way home. Once this happens, the ice cream truck driver (Dan) spends a few days looking for Tommy’s home with him. Eventually, the two of them find their way to the Ice Cream Kitty’s home and everyone is happy again.
One of the best things about the book is the way it ends. I love the fact that the book ends in such a happy way. What’s more, I know that my little guy appreciated the ending because he became excited when Tommy was taken home and reunited with his family. See, we do most of our reading before bed time and so it’s very important to me to leave him with a happy memory or thought. This book does that in spades.Probably the best thing about this story is the fact that there’s a bit of a lesson hidden within its pages. See, when Tommy goes missing, the story goes into detail about the concerns that Tommy’s family has for their cat. We see them putting up posters and we hear about their worries. It’s a good message to children about care and love.
Now, you can’t speak about a children’s book without speaking about the illustrations. As such….
The illustrations in Ice Cream Kitty are nothing short of unique. The style is hard to describe, but what I can tell you is that it’s simple and it reminds me of a Sunday newspaper cartoon. I love the simplicity of Tommy, Dan, and all of the characters. What’s great about the way they’re drawn is that their simplicity doesn’t take away from their personality. I love that I can see the “cat” in Tommy as he drives with Dan. To me, Tommy has a bit of an indignant look while still somehow being happy with life. If that’s not a cat, I don’t know what is.Another thing I love about the illustrations (done by Martha Houghton, by the way) is the way they’re colored. I’m 99% sure that these are actual hand-drawn illustrations that were colored in by hand as well, and I love it that we’re getting to see a book done this way. These days, it’s a pretty rare sight and it gives the book a great feel.
Ice Cream Kitty is a great little book by Nerina Di Benedetto that I’m lucky to have been given a copy of. It’s pretty clear from the review above that both my child and I loved the book. The story is positive and contains a great message, and the illustrations add a great look and feel to the book. What’s even better is that the book contains a number of activities for children after the story finishes. All of this for $0.99 USD for a Kindle version, and $9.99 USD for a Paperback copy. If you haven’t already clicked, head over and pick up a copy of Ice Cream Kitty from this great author.Until next time…Smash, Crash, and Learn!