Hello, friends! Our book today is the delightful I Am The Boss Of This Chair, written by Carolyn Crimi and illustrated by Marisa Morea, an adorable story of two cats learning the value of sharing.
Oswald Minklehoff Honey Bunny III is boss of many things in his home. The toilet paper, the food dish, his toy mouse Bruce, but ESPECIALLY of his favorite chair. So when his owner brings home a new kitten, Oswald is decidedly put out. Pom Pom doesn’t understand the rules at all, eating whenever he feels like it, playing with the toilet paper without permission, even sitting on Oswald’s chair! When Oswald catches him playing with Bruce, it’s the last straw; he chases Pom Pom all over the house, earning both of them a scolding. Seeing how frightened and confused Pom Pom is, Oswald begins to wonder if he really needs all the space on the chair to himself. Offering Pom Pom a spot to make him feel better, Oswald begins to realize that being the boss of things can be lonely, but sharing them can earn him the most precious treasure yet: a friend.
We LOVED this one. An exciting, clever, and funny plot told from the deliciously particular feline point-of-view – a real treat for cat lovers who know the inherent regal attitude of their pets. The bright colors and adorable character design had JJ literally screeching with delight, especially during the action sequence. Plus, there’s a great message about how sharing opens us up to friendship and bonding, and encouragement to empathize with younger kids and siblings. The length was great, and we both adored this, so it’s definitely Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)