A new picture book by Manhattan author-illustrator Greg Foley charms readers with its musically inclined feline protagonist.
Ideal for ages 3–7, “Kat Writes a Song” (Little Simon) hits bookstores on May 1, with its tale about the title character who takes advantage of her isolation — imposed by a rainy day — by working hard on writing the music and lyrics to a song. Her persistence pays off when she completes the “Amazing Song to Make Things Better,” which is published in the hardcover’s end paper.
Foley uses a sweet, soft palette of colors to depict the dark day outside her windows and the gray, furry Kat as she labors over her composition. The hues become brighter as the sun comes out, and Kat walks through her neighborhood singing her happy tune and helping her animal friends in the process.
When Kat becomes sad, her friends return the favor and cheer her by singing her “Amazing Song.”
Foley has a surefire hit with this wonderful book celebrating the “magical” powers of friendship and music to transform a bleak day into a happy one.
“Kat Writes a Song” hardcover book by Greg Foley, $14.99, amazo