Disclosure: I received a DRC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Quite a while ago I requested some picture book DRCs on edelweiss from Blue Apple Books. I finally took some time to read them, and I really enjoyed most of them.Red Cat, Blue Cat is fortunate enough to have good art and a good message. I just with the title were a little more interesting.
In this tale, a red cat and a blue cat each live in the same house. One is fast and agile, the other clever. Each of them wishes they were like the other and spend most of the book trying to turn learn from the each other. The message lies in the importance of being who we are, and not to envy the talents of others.
It’s a good message and I think Desmond approaches it in a good way for kids. It’s easy for children to develop self-esteem issues similar to what these two cats are going through. I think addressing that we all have our own talents is important in developing good self-esteem. What drew me to pick up the book in the first place was the art. Desmond’s bold artistic style works well with the story inside. I recommend this to children ages 4+.