- Book Style: Toddler appropriate book
- Reading Level: 2 (Reading With Help due to: mid-range length and some difficult vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 5-7 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Sunday morning cartoon
- Age Target: 1-8 Years of Age
- Author: Nerina Di Benedetto
- Author’s Page: Nerina Di Benedetto
- Book Purchase Page: $0.99 USD – Kindle Version, $9.99 USD – Paperback
- Social Media Links: N/A
Ice Cream Kitty is a toddler and children’s story book by Nerina Di Benedetto. Nerina begins the book by telling us about a cat named Tommy. Tommy is what I would call a playful cat and so he runs downstairs and eventually outside while chasing a butterfly. Eventually, Tommy becomes lost and (luckily enough) finds an ice cream truck. He can’t find his way home, but the ice cream truck driver named Dan takes him in and begins searching for Tommy’s home. Finally, the two of them find their way home.
Obviously, this is a pretty happy ending. I love it when I get to read my little guy a book with a happy ending because I know that he’s left with a good feeling. What I really like about this ending is that the book does use a little emotion earlier on when the family can’t find Tommy. Your child will connect with the characters and will, therefore, learn more from the story.
Now, on top of the great ending is a message that’s been embedded by our author. This isn’t just a story about a cat who gets lost. There’s more to it, and that comes from Tommy’s family.
Tommy’s family immediately becomes upset and worried about their cat when he doesn’t come home. We get to hear about their worries and your little toddler is going to (likely) empathize with both Tommy and his family. I think as parents we all know just how important it is to show our children a little empathy, and this book definitely helps with that.
Immediately after opening up Ice Cream Kitty, I noticed that the illustrations paired well with the story. The illustrations have this old-time feel to them as they were obviously done entirely by hand. The drawing and the coloring both are what I would call imperfect on purpose, and it adds to the look and feel of the story. I love that it’s “imperfect”.
The other thing I loved about the illustrations are the characters themselves. I love the personality shown in each character’s face, despite the simplicity of the illustrations. Whenever I looked at Tommy, I saw a scraggly little cat that reminds me of every cat I’ve ever known.
In the end, this is a great little book for toddlers and children. Our author has done a great job of building this book, and she’s even included some activities at the end of the story. What’s more, the positivity of the story and its message are fantastic and you get this all for an extremely low price: $0.99 USD for a Kindle version, and $9.99 USD for a Paperback copy.
Thanks for reading…with your toddlers,