Where Have You Been, Little Cat?
Simon & Schuster
On returning after a day outside, a little cat’s owner is eager to learn what the moggy has been doing. ‘Where did you go?’ she asks, going on to pose a series of further questions. These comprise almost all of the simple straightforward text. What we’re shown in Richard Jones’ storytelling sequence of illustrations offers one possible way of filling in the gaps left by his words. It involves a coming together of cats,
a crown, a special event suddenly interrupted by the arrival of a canine intruder, a confrontation,
a resolution and finally, a return home with a very warm welcome.
Young readers and listeners pouring over the playful pictures still have room to imagine their own interpretation of the events or indeed, invent their own stories. They will surely notice the bit part players – three small red birds and a tiny mouse.
Rich in possibilities, this is a story that children will enjoy returning to over and over again.