Big Box Little Box

illus. by Edward Underwood. 32p. Bloomsbury. Jul. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781681197869.
PreS-K—In this delightful British import, a curious gray cat investigates boxes of assorted colors and sizes. Believing as most cats do that all boxes are "cat box[es]," the indomitable feline gets in and out of a slew of containers, some to the consternation of its owner, until encountering a mysterious nibbled box. Peeking inside, the kitty discovers a little mouse. Naturally, the cat playfully pursues the mouse, but in the end, the unlikely new friends share a cozy cuddle in the cat's nap box. Pared-down graphic illustrations match the short but snappy text, both imbued with contagious energy of a frisky cat.
VERDICT A lively lighthearted frolic that will have young audiences asking for it again and again in one-on-one readings or in storytime.

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