Cheerful, Nat the Cat sets out with her winning smile to invite her friends on a picnic. But when she’s met with grumpy negativity, her joie de vivre is squashed. It’s only when the mood of Nat’s friends become lightened by the memory of the her winning smile, that we see how strongly the disposition of others can affect us. Cleverly using childlike language to describe their changing feelings, Jez Alborough addresses an important part of understanding motivation and temperament.
Captured in the sunny colours of the countryside, Alborough uses a painterly stroke on bold-faced animals. And though his sweet kitten can sometimes appear overly cute, his close-up views and the humorous expressions of the other animals are sure to amuse the very young.