Monday, February 7, 2011

Book Review: "Dear Tabby" By Carolyn Crimi, Illustrations By David Roberts

Dear Tabby is a charming, delightful and humorous  Children's book for ages 4-8. It is "picture book style" and would function perfectly in your bedtime story lineup with a  length of (32 pages).  

"Tabby D. Cat longtime alley resident, has been helping the furry and feathered creatures of Critterville for all nine of her lives. From hamsters to hounds, Tabby's advice column has just the right advice for any pet...but can Tabby find happiness for herself?"

"From Carolyn Crimi and David Roberts comes this hilarious and heartwarming tale of finicky felines, happiness-seeking hounds, and finding your own place to call home".  (

The illustrations (by David Roberts) are charming, colorful, and delightful. Being somewhat artistic myself,  they were a large portion of what I loved about this book.

Dear Tabby features letters from a malcontented Tuxedo cat named "Boots" (who is a recurring letter writer to Tabby), a Basset Hound named "Manfred" searching for the key to happiness,  "Pauline Parrot" who has a talking problem,  a groundhog named "Guy" who is cracking under the pressure of having to predict the arrival of Spring, as well as a bevy of others who are all seeking Tabby's sage advice.

Just what advice did Tabby offer? Did "Manfred" find the key to happiness? You will have to read this one to find out!  (Hint, always remember if you don't appreciate what you have in your life and what is around you already, you can guarantee there will be someone else who WILL!!)


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: "Carolyn Crimi is the author of numerous picture books, including BORIS AND BELLA, WHERE'S  MY MUMMY? and DON'T NEED FRIENDS. She was born and raised on Long Island, New York. You can visit her online at"

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR: David Roberts is the illustrator of A HOUSE CALLED AWFUL END (just to name a few). He was the runner-up for the prestigious Mother Goose Award for children's illustration.


  1. That sounds like a cute book! Mom doesn't have any little ones to shop for yet. Well, any that are old enough to read! Hope you and Cody had a great weekend!

    Clarissa & Co.

  2. Hi Clarissa it IS a really cute book. I don't have any little ones either but my niece has a 2 yr old and an infant that now that I have read this book I am going to give it to her. Yep we had a great weekend and we hope that you did as well! xoxo

  3. Hello!
    I also agree with Clarissa.
    Very interesting....
    Have a good day!

  4. Dear Caren,
    This sounds like a great book! Did yous read it to Cody? What did he think of it?

  5. @Nellie it is a great book! Ready for this? Nope I didn't read it to Cody yet. The book says it is for "ages 4 thru 8"....Cody won't be 4 til April 1....MOL!!! He has to wait! xoxoxo

  6. Awww what a sweet book!!!! Thanks for the review! Take care

  7. @Old Kitty, yep it is but it is funnier than it is sweet (but it is sweet too!) You are welcome! Thanks for stopping by! xoxoxo

  8. My mommy loves that kind of book. Fanks you! ♥♥

  9. That looks adorable!

    Nubbin wiggles,

  10. Will have to keep dat book in mind the next time we need to buy a child's gift.

  11. Sounds like a funny book! Our Mama is building up a library of children's books for when she becomes a special ed teacher. Maybe we will tell her to order that one to read to the kids! :)

  12. Sounds like a delightful cast of characters in this book :-)

  13. Dear Caren,
    Is this book for Cody ? Dear Tabby !
    I bet he went too bed with sweet dream : )
    It's sound like a lovely book and the illustration is super cute !

    Love and Hugs

  14. @Cat yes the letters are adorable! xoxo

    @Trixie, Lily and Sammy-Joe it IS funny! Ohhhh this one would be PERFECT for teaching little ones! Check out the authors website, she does visits to classrooms too. My husband is a retired Special Ed teacher, he just retired this past summer after teaching for over 35 yrs ((((hugs)))

    @Mario great idea! It definitely is a kids book! xoxo

    @Oskar it is! ((((hugs))))

    @Benny & Lily it is! xoxo

    @Admiral Hestorb yay! Let me know if your Mom gets it and if she likes it, I am sure she will! ((((hugs)))))

  15. @Mr.Puddy, not til Cody gets older. He won't be 4 til April and it is for 4 to 8 yr olds. Cody just jumped on the chair now...I think he is trying to say hi to you! lol. The illustrations ARE adorable! Love to you too!! xoxo

  16. How could it not be delightful with a cat as the main character!

  17. @Scrappy Grams couldn't have said it better myself! Soooo true! (((hugs))))

  18. I wonder what the "D" stands for in Tabby D. Cat..

  19. What a cute idea! I think I would have read this as a kid.

  20. That sounds like a book that would be fun to read to my kids in school! :)

  21. Awwww...that looks like a really cute book! The cover illustration is adorable.

  22. @Pup Fan it is! xoxo

    @Canidae I absolutely was CRAZY about the illustrations, they were quite unique and engaging...the entire book is sooo cute! ((((hugs))))

    @houndstooth yes it most definitely would be! xoxo

    @Au and Target me too but I don't think I was sophisticated enough to understand the humor. Kids nowadays are way more savvy than I was as a kid though ((((hugs)))0

    @Mr.Mews good question! I am thinking maybe the "D" is like "da" or "the?" or "Dee"....very good question! :)

  23. That sounds like a cute book! I like that the main character is an orange me!!

  24. Love the illustration!

    (always forget to put in my password, hope this wasn't duplicated!)

  25. Maybe she will buy it for our little friend Julia's third Birfdai. Then, maybe the Human could read the story to me also because I think I like to hear stories. Ones about kittehs are best.

  26. What a great idea to train youngsters to worship cats so early!

  27. We can't get enuf all of cat books and this one certainly has to be added to our growing collection. Thank you for sharing it with us!

    ~Slash & Bronzy

  28. I think I'll try to get one for my little niece and nephew and hope they will like it. It's so sad that many kids these days prefer those computer games than reading and I do hope they will find reading is fun too.

  29. @Link yes it IS an orange tabby like you! You have to get it! :)

    @Priscilla I know what you mean about kids playing games instead of sad, I think they will enjoy this!

    @Slash and Bronzy YAY! Hope you like it! I think you will!

    @Fin love that about "worshiping cats early"

    @Spitty I think she will like it and you will certainly enjoy it being read to you!

    @Ann nope it wasn't duplicated! The illustrations are just fantastic!

    Thanks all for stopping by ((((hugs)))) to everyone!

  30. Sounds pretty cute, and if a Tabby is involved it must be good!

  31. @Brian, I like your thinking!! You are sooo right! xoxo

  32. "Dear Tabby" is about my reading level! Will check it out. Of course it's far too simple for the likes of "Austin the Great Intellect" xx

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