Urban Leaving to Country Living
I’m always a bit impressed with children’s books that are written and illustrated by the same person. Frans Vischer works as an animator at Disney and Fuddles, intended for children ages four to seven, is his first picture book. He has modeled Fuddles after his own pet.
Fuddles is a spoiled house cat who dreams of being a great adventurer and so sneaks out of the house one Sunday afternoon. He soon finds that the great outdoors isn’t at all as he imagined it would be and as darkness settles, he finds himself lost and scared.
Vischer’s illustrations have an almost water-color quality about them. During Fuddles’ time indoors, the cat—he is a BIG cat—dominates the pictures. Outdoors, the spaces are bigger and, by nightfall, we know Fuddles is good and lost.
This story is a valuable moral lesson for young children in the importance of ‘listening to mom’ and being happy where you are. Four stars.
yay! this review makes me so happy that i just want to eat! i can sniff dinner from the kitchen- we’re having meatloaf with italian sausage, chopped onions and worcestershire sauce!