Cat’s Egg by Aparna Karthikeyan

Cat’s Egg by Aparna Karthikeyan
Publisher: Karadi Tales Picturebooks
Genre: Childrens, Holiday, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (36 pages)
Age Recommendation: 3+
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

How long does it take to hatch a kitten? Cat isn’t sure, but she would rather be snacking or napping. Join her as she looks around for a babysitter for her mysterious golden egg. She seeks help from her baffled friend Dog, a crow, a koel, and a turtle, for as we all know, it takes a village to raise an egg. Aparna Karthikeyan’s delightfully humorous prose is complemented by Christine Kastl’s art that has an almost three-dimensional quality to it. Together, they take you on a feline adventure quite unlike any other.

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As soon as I read the blurb, I had to find out what happened next. Somehow the storyline itself was even funnier and more amusing than my already-high expectations. The plot twists only grew better over time, especially once Cat realized that her attempts to hatch a kitten weren’t going as well as she’d hoped they would. While it was written for preschoolers, there were several humorous moments that appealed to me as an adult reader, and it all started with the thought of a kitten growing in an egg.

There was an important part of the plot that was never wrapped up. This came as a surprise to me because of how often Cat talked about it in the first few scenes. I really expected her to find a resolution for this problem, and I would have chosen a much higher rating if one of the later scenes had wrapped it up in some way.

This is the sort of book that works best if the audience knows as little about the plot as possible when they begin reading the first sentence. I appreciated the fact that the blurb kept the most important surprises safely hidden away. While there are plenty of other things I’d love to say about what happened in the later scenes, I think new readers will enjoy it more if I also avoid giving out even the slightest hint about what happened to Cat and her friends.

Cat’s Egg was a creative, heartwarming tale that I’d recommend to readers of all ages.


  1. Hi! Thanks for this lovely review. Was wondering what the unresolved part of the plot related to pls?

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