Project Description


If You See a Kitten

by John Butler

If you see a cuddly kitten, say ahhh! If you see a dozing dormouse, say shhh! But what if you see a spooky spider…or a cranky crocodile?

From a pretty peacock (oooh!) to some slimy slugs (yuck!), this simple, interactive look at various animals and the reactions they evoke will coax giggles and spirited responses from young children as they follow along.

From acclaimed author-illustrator John Butler, If You See a Kitten is the perfect read-aloud book  young children will want to hear again and again.

Format: Paperback
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-1-56145-838-7
Publication Date: 3/1/2015
Page Count: 24
Size: 9-5/8″ x 9-3/8″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
F&P: GRL K, Gr 2, Genre RF
Themes: Animals, Cause and Effect, Reactions, Sounds
BISAC 1: JUV002000 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
BISAC 2: JUV009110 JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Sounds
BISAC 3: JUV051000 JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play


“Although words are minimal, the illustrations, primarily in gold and brown tones across glossy spreads, are irresistible. This title will have particular appeal for toddlers.” ―School Library Journal

“The delicately detailed illustrations are quite wonderful… Situated against a plain creamy background, each intricately drawn creature is an exquisite naturalistic rendering, requiring no extra fanfare. Perfect for preschoolers and younger, Butler’s tale easily lends itself to group read aloud settings, with each successive reading sure to become more riotous as the children become familiar with their responses.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Butler invites youngsters to revel in the reactions to 10 splendidly rendered portraits… Children, especially those on the younger end of the target audience, will likely embrace this handsome book’s exhortations…” ―Publishers Weekly

“The best part of this book is the soft, realistic, luminescent illustrations, which lead readers through the questions and humorous answers.” ―Observer Dispatch

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Meet the Author/Illustrator

John Butler has written more than a dozen books for children and illustrated over sixty. His books have been published in more than twenty countries and won awards such as the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award, IRA Teachers’ Choice Awards, and Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year. He has had a long career in illustration, working for a very wide range of clients including Time magazine, “Sesame Street,” and the Sunday Times. He lives in England. You can visit his website here.