Sophie Blackall

Negative Cat

Written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Age range: Kindergarten through 3rd grade.
Recommended for: This is a sweet, legitimately funny story about a grumpy rescue cat and a boy who doesn’t give up on him. It’s also a story about valuing the act of reading, no matter how one reads (slowly, quickly, out loud, etc.). The main character states that he has trouble with reading and that “words only make sense when I read them out loud slowly,” but no specific diagnoses are given, so this book could be a fun read for any child who is currently feeling challenged by reading. Lovers of grumpy cats and quirky rescue pets will particularly enjoy this book.