Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Square Cat; Elizabeth Schoonmaker

Title: Square Cat
Author and Illustrator: Elizabeth Schoonmaker
Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Aladdin / Simon and Schuster
Edition: hardcover
Source: Library
Date Completed: 4/12/2011
Setting: n/a
Rating: 5/5 stars
Recommend: Yes

Eula is a "square cat" living in a world where everything seems to be round. She just does not seem to fit in, and this makes her sad. So sad that she even lost her purr.

Mouse holes seems impossible for a square cat, stripes didn't seem to suit her, and she seemed invisible around all the square buildings in her city.

Her friends Patsy and Maude were big, round cats. Like any good friend would do, they tried to cheer Eula up.  They gave her big round hoop earrings, a beehive hat, and they even slipped into square boxes to make themselves look square too.

This is a charming book about being different, self-esteem, and friendship. The illustrations were simple yet colorful. I liked everything about this book --especially the message. Highly recommended.


  1. Aha! Maybe it's also a book about good friends. I felt a little teary-eyed thinking about the friends who tried to change just to make the square cat feel better. Group hug with the square cats.

  2. this looks adorable...I agree with you about liking the message....I should check this out. Thanks for the great review!

  3. Poor Eula - she must feel so left out.I am glad to hear her friends try to cheer her up :) I love that picture of Eula. How cute! I would have loved something like this when I was a kid.

  4. This book is too cute, and I think it teaches an important lesson. Thanks for sharing your great review on it!

  5. Oh! Oh! Oh! This is a must for my 'nieto' and I. We love cats and concepts that are different.

  6. I like the sound of this, thanks for the recommendation. I hadn't heard of this character until someone sent me a link to a cartoon in which Square Cat befriends a hedgehog.

  7. That is really cute! Aside from the great lessons it would make it much easier laying in boxes!

  8. I love the idea of this book. My library doesn't have it so I think I may just have to go get this one.

  9. Aw! That looks so sweet! Plus it's a cat book, so that's an automatic draw.

  10. Lovely review!! Thank you!

    All best square wishes!

    Your friend,
    Eula Square Cat

    Elizabeth Schoonmaker
    Square Cat
    Aladdin Books, In Stores Now!

  11. Cute!!! I like the message behind this one.

  12. A delightful book with a very positive message, and another great review :)

  13. Ooh, I'm definitely going to have to check this one out! Great message too...thanks for posting!

  14. What a much needed message in this day and age. Kids need to feel good about themselves no matter what sets them apart from others. We need more of these images and messages out there. Thank you for the review.

  15. This looks like such a cute book. What age group would you say it's aimed at?

  16. Cute picture and idea. Dressing up always works for me :) I like the children's books you are spotlighting now.

  17. ooh, this would be a great book read to my youngest (and the others!), and to share as a guest reader in his kindergarten class. Thanks for putting it on my radar.

  18. As you can imagine, I love books about being different! :) I will get this one for Claire for sure!


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