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Who do you love?
Waddell, Martin.
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
26 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
At bedtime a mother cat and her kitten Holly play the game "Who Do You Love?" and Holly describes everyone she loves and her reasons for doing so.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.3 0.5 36637.
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At bedtime a mother cat and her kitten Holly play the game Who Do You Love? and Holly describes everyone she loves and her reasons for doing so.

Author Notes

Martin Waddell was born April 10, 1941, in Belfast, Ireland. He always wanted to be a professional soccer player. After having played for junior teams in Ireland, he left school at fifteen and held a variety of jobs, including working at a publishing company and as a night switchboard operator for a taxi company.

Waddell is now one of the most prolific and successful contemporary children's writers, with more than one hundred books to his credit, some of them under his pseudonym Catherine Sefton.

He won the 1986 Other Award, for his book Starry Night, which was also a runner up for The Guardian Children¿s Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the Young Observer Teenage Fiction Prize. He has twice won the Smarties Book Prize, for Farmer Duck and Can't You Sleep Little Bear? He also won the 1989 Kurt Mascher Award for The Park In The Dark, the 1990 Bets Book For Babies for Rosie¿s Babies and has been shortlisted for the 1992 Smarties Book Prize for Along The Lonely Road.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 2^-4. As Holly, an adorable kitten, gets ready for bed, she plays a game with her mother: Mother asks Holly whom she loves. Holly loves her grandpa, who takes her for walks; her grandmother, who makes cakes; brother Arthur, teacher of bike riding; and her father, teller of stories. As she clearly does on other nights, Mama hopefully asks once more, "Who do you love?" When Holly rattles off the postman and a cat she met yesterday, Mama sighs. Finally, Holly tells her mother how much she loves her, leading to hugs and kisses all around. Ashforth's soft, dreamy watercolors portray homey scenes as Holly describes them. Tiny cameos show Holly taking her bath and getting undressed. Both art and story capture how a young child thinks and teases. Many families will want to incorporate this go-to-bed game into their nighttime routine. --Ilene CooperReference Books Bulletin

Publisher's Weekly Review

Waddell (the Little Bear books) introduces a cozy feline family preparing for bedtime in this smallish-format volume. As Mama helps Holly take her bath and wind down for the night, Holly wants to play their go-to-bed game. So Mama repeatedly poses the question in the title and the kitten names a specific member of her family and says why she loves each one. Hollys favorite part of the game comes when she has run out of family members to mentionsave for Mama, whom she teasingly leaves until the tail end. The kitten even adds in incidental friends to prolong the suspense (I love... the three kittens who roll down the hill; I love... the cat with the hat that we met yesterday in the woods). Mamas response to being omitted from Hollys litany (I think I might cry!) adds a humorous snap to this heartfelt tale. Once again Waddell hits the target with preschoolers just starting to flirt with independence. Ashforths (Horatios Bed) softly focused watercolor and pencil art, set into pale, mint-green pages, accentuates the soothing mood of the text. She makes the most of Hollys list of loved ones, using the kittens descriptions to fill in details of snug domestic scenes in Hollys kitchen, bedroom and surrounding hillsides. Preschoolers will love being in on Hollys go-to-bed game, and will want to try it out for themselves. Ages 3-6. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2An affectionate peek into a cozy nighttime ritual. Called in from the yard for supper, Holly joins her family at the table (these cats sit in chairs, dine on china, and wear dresses and waistcoats). Playfully standing backwards on her chair, she begs to play the go-to-bed game and Mama begins it by asking her, Who do you love? Holly runs through almost everyone but Mama (who repeats the question as she bathes the kitten and puts her to bed), saving her for last. Waddell captures a special moment between parent and child with a frankness that respects the youngsters autonomy and sincere love. His language is innocent and childlike. Ashforth provides fetching pastel watercolor paintings set off with white borders and placed against soft green backgrounds. Each picture is a tiny tableau of the object of Hollys affection: Pa telling her stories, Grandma baking a cake, her brother letting her ride his bike, the postman delivering a letter. Accompanying almost every illustration is a small cameo portrait of Holly preparing for bed. Children wont tire of looking at the pictures and will find something new almost every time.Harriett Fargnoli, Great Neck Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.