Jack the Kitten is Very Brave
by Tabitha Smith
illustrated by Mindy Lou Hagan
Interview with the Author, Tabitha Smith:
Q: What gave you the idea for this book?
A: The idea came from my actual cats! Jack is always fascinated with the bathtub. He’ll sit on the edge while it’s filling up and paw at the bubbles, but he hates the idea of going *in* the tub. I love kids and I’ve worked with them for about 16 years, so I thought it’d be a great way to talk about fears and how imagination, fun and play can make you forget all about the fears you had.
Q: Is this your first children’s book that you’ve written and what have you learned from it?
A: Yes, my very first children’s book! I’ve learned a lot about storytelling, especially to children. You need to make stories smart and interesting for kids so they don’t nod off in the middle of it. Kids love adventure and humor even more than adults do. I’ve also learned that a lot of adults still love picture books! It seems every time I show the book to a friend they sit there and read the whole thing!
Q: What lessons do you hope that children learn reading about Jack?
A: That even if you’re scared of something, you can still be brave. And bravery can be fun! I hope they understand that imagination is very important. I think life without imagination is way too boring. Also, it’s awesome to have a ton of bath toys (but I think they already know that).
Q: Are you planning on some more adventures for Jack & Machu anytime in the near future?
A: Yes, my illustrator (Mindy Lou Hagan) is starting to work on our very next book called “Machu the Cat is Very Hungry”. It’s about patience.
A huge thanks to Tabitha for the opportunity to review this great children’s book!
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. I did receive a book to read. All opinions are 100% mine.