‘A good fable on the merits of sharing.’ Youth Services Book Reviews Read It’s MY Sausage, by Author/Illustrator Alex Willmore

Susan Harari, reviewer for Youth Services Book Review, rates Alex Willmore’s picture book, It’s MY Sausage, 4 out of 5 stars;

What did you like about the book?  Five hungry kitties lunge at an unattended dinner plate, holding various vegetables and a luscious, bright orange sausage.  The yellow cat is the first to acquire and defend the prize, setting off a slapstick montage in which everyone else tries to grab the goods. The remaining kitties try a fishing line and disguises while the beleaguered victor sets out mousetraps and string to foil their plots. Alas, their greed is their downfall and a sleepy brown dog gets the snack, leaving the cats with nothing but veggies. A good fable on the merits of sharing.

The illustrations look like old-fashioned lithography, with appealing blobby shapes, an autumnal color palette and some heavy, black lines for contrast and features. The text appears in a variety of hand-lettering that almost looks like it was added casually with a black Sharpie. This is a straight-forward tale and the simple artwork works well with the morality lesson.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Certainly cat lovers. This could work well as a class read aloud (pre-k to kindergarten) on the pitfalls of selfishness. If a class was working on Aesops’ fables and retellings, it could be an exemplar.

Thank You!
Read the full review here!
Find It’s My sausage here in the UK and here in the US!

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