Book Title: Alycat and the Cattywampus Wednesday by Alysson Foti Bourque
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
Release date: May 9, 2022
Content Rating: G
Alycat wakes up to seafood gumbo for breakfast, and even though her house is the first stop for the school bus, the bus is already full when she boards. Alycat’s whole day is turning topsy-turvy. What is happening? Young readers will tag along on Alycat’s adventures during her very “cattywampus” Wednesday and learn that a little help from some friends and a good attitude can make your day!
The themes of the books in the Alycat Series all reflect a reliance on friendships, imagination, and creativity towards problem solving. The character traits of Alycat
and her friends inspire and encourage young readers to find their own special gifts. After enduring a cattywampus world pursuant to an
unexpected pandemic, this book will resonate with readers to persevere through the wackiest and toughest of times.
Bourque, Alysson Foti. Alycat and the Cattywampus Wednesday. Illustrated by Chiara Civati. New Orleans, LA: Pelican Publishing, 2022.
Alycat and the Cattywampus Wednesday is the first Alycat book I have read. Alysson Bourque has written a cute story about a backwards day. Alycat is confused throughout the whole story because her day is totally backwards – supper first thing in the morning, getting picked up last rather than first on the bus, last class of the day first, and breakfast at the end of the day.
Chiara Civati has cute, childlike illustrations. However, they are a bit flat and don’t have much depth to them. The illustrations complement the text but don’t really go beyond the words.
My biggest disappointment in the picture book was the use of words that are probably unfamiliar to preschool and early elementary children – cattywampus and beignet. Cattywampus is defined on the last page of the book. Beignet was never defined. Since it was a word unfamiliar to me, I actually had to look it up. I think the author should have either defined the word in the book or used a different word that would be familiar to a wider audience.
Alycat and the Cattywampus Wednesday would be a good addition to the picture book section of a K-12 Christian school library. Adults just need to realize that they may need to explain some words in the story. I think it would be fun to read the book to a class and then plan a cattywampus day the following day.
I received a complimentary copy of Alycat and the Cattywampus Wednesday. This is my honest review.
Alysson Foti Bourque is the author of the award-winning Alycat series. Alysson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Juris Doctor degree from the Southern University Law Center.
After practicing law for six years, she traded in writing trial briefs for writing children’s books. Alysson enjoys public speaking opportunities at schools, conferences, and festivals nationwide. She hopes to inspire people of all ages to follow their dreams and believe in themselves wholeheartedly.
AWARDS & HONORS
The Alycat Series has won several prestigious awards including:
Three Mom’s Choice Awards®
Benjamin Franklin Digital Award, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)
Best Book Award Finalist
NY Big Book Award
Reviewed by Midwest Book Review
Southern Festival of Books Panelist
Louisiana Book Festival Featured Author
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