Saturday, December 04, 2010

What Cats Want for Christmas by Kandy Radzinski

I was pulling books at the library the other day and found such a charming book that I have to share it with you.  If you're looking for a Christmas book for the cat loving child or adult, it's hard to resist What Cats Want for Christmas by Kandy Radzinski. 

Fourteen enchanting cats write letters to Santa.  Radzinski's illustrations are beautiful, showing every detail of the fur of each cat.  And, each page is framed with Christmas decorations, ribbons or gingerbread figures, ivy and holly.  But, children and adults need to pay attention to those decorations.  For one cat, those gingerbread figures are gingerbread cats.  Snowcats, instead of snowmen, ring one page.   A gingerbread house has a mouse at the door. 

Children will love the letters as well.  Jade, a cat in a chef's hat, licking her lips, is surrounded by beribboned mice as she asks Santa for "A book on how to cook mice, flamingo burritos, peacocks and rice, sparrow-spaghetti and pelican pie, woodpecker pizza and pigeons on rye."  I wish I could share all the illustrations, but look carefully at the cover.  That's Paws, a cat who writes, "Dear Santa, I'm tired of being all alone.  Can you find someone to love me and give me a home?"  The final pages, and that cover, show Paws on Santa's lap, in Santa's sleigh.  I think Paws may just find that home for Christmas.

As a cat lover, I fell in love with this book, but I don't want to disappoint dog lovers here, either.  Radzinski's companion book is What Dogs Want for Christmas.  I just didn't get to read that because it was the book I pulled for a patron's request.  But, What Cats Want for Christmas is my selection for a picture book for this year's Christmas.

Kandy Radzinski's website is

What Cats Want for Christmas by Kandy Radzinski.  Sleeping Bear Press, ©2007. ISBN 9781585363407 (hardcover), 31p.

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kathy d. said...

These both sound like such sweet books for adult or children who love cats and dogs.

I'll think about it for a neighbor's four-year-old.

See, these are the books we wish we have children nearby to purchase them for, then we can enjoy the children reading them.

Lesa said...

You're right, kathy. When I fell for this book, I wished there was a child in the family young enough to love this book. They are beautiful books.

caite said...

what do cats want for Christmas? World dominance of course!

Lesa said...

Of course they do, Caite. And, we would all probably be much better off for it!

Ingrid King said...

What a wonderful cover! I think I'm going to have to buy this one as a Christmas present to myself.

Lesa said...

The dog one is attractive, too, Ingrid. (grin)

Ingrid King said...

I treated myself to this book for Christmas, and it's absolutely delightful. I'll treasure this for years to come. Thanks for reviewing this, I never would have come across it otherwise!

Lesa said...


I'm so glad you discovered What Cats Want for Christmas. It's a beautiful book, isn't it? Thanks for letting me know you bought it, and loved it!