Review: Sleeping Bootsie by Maribeth Boelts
by Maribeth Boelts (Author), Patricia Cantor (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 5 and up
Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (June 28, 2011)
Sleeping Bootsie by Maribeth Boelts with illustrations by Patricia Cantor is a delightful spin-off of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale. Meg the castle maid wishes for a friend and soon discovers a sweet stray kitten stowed away in her laundry basket. Christened “Bootsie” by Meg, she is granted three wishes by the good fairies at the royal ball: playfulness, a beautiful meow, and a kind heart. When the silver fairy casts her wicked spell, Bootsie must never touch water with her paw or she will fall into a deep sleep. Baths are banned at the castle, but the silver fairy disguised as a servant sneaks in a goldfish bowl. Poor innocent Bootsie tries to catch the fish and falls fast asleep. What will save Bootsie from her endless slumber? You’ll have to read Sleeping Bootsie to discover what happens to the beloved but cursed kitty. This is a Step Into Reading book, perfectly suited for children reading on their own in grades 1-3. Cantor’s lovely soft pastel illustrations lend this book an enchanting wonder. Spoiler alert: this heartwarming tale ends happily ever after.
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