The trim size and unfussy white backgrounds of “Here Comes the Easter Cat” may appeal to adults as well as children. In her illustrations for previous books, like “Is It Big or Is It Little?,” Rueda’s style has often been bold and graphic. Here, she sketches and colors very delicately, paying particular attention to Cat’s changing moods.
The story’s main character is a marmalade cat who, strolling past a poster heralding the arrival of the Easter bunny, immediately decides he wants the job for himself. The trouble is, he doesn’t fit the profile: For one thing, his ears aren’t nearly long enough. Underwood uses a clever narrative technique to tell her light-as-air story. She addresses Cat directly, and Cat, apparently unable to speak, holds up signs and makes extravagant gestures and facial expressions in reply. Children too young to read the story can get the gist of Cat’s responses just by looking.The New York Times