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2011 May 20
by ratchatreviews

Hey There, CHATTERS!

Glad to have you back for another CHAT!

Morris and I are especially delighted to be chatting about the new charming and clever picture book written by Carolyn Crimi and illustrated by the talented David Roberts entitled — DEAR TABBY.

This is one smart advice-giving columnist cat! (Even if we rat-types have to say so ourselves.)


Tabby D. Cat helps everyone in Critterville from hamsters and hounddogs to finicky cats and over-chatty parrots, find a little bit of their own happiness.  And this kitty does it with humor and a good dose of feline common sense.

Ms. Crimi’s hip wit and Mr. Roberts’ sophisticated art and design are, as Tabby would say, a “purr-fect” combination, making DEAR TABBY a winner with us.

So kick off your shoes, sit back with a cup of tea or your favorite cafe latte, and spend the next ten minutes with us and DEAR TABBY.


(You CHATTERS know the drill — enjoy the vid — and we’ll see you on the other side.)




Author Carolyn Crimi is a self-proclaimed “Princess” and transplanted “Lawn GEYE-lander”, now living near Chicago in Evanston, Illinois — where she has been writing some very entertaining children’s books — as she confirms “for centuries.” Her fans have recognized her humor and love of language in books like WHERE’S MY MUMMY? and HENRY AND THE CRAZED PIRATES, both illustrated by John Manders; and the Halloween ‘Romance’ BORIS AND BELLA, illustrated by Gris Grimley. For ‘serious insight’ into this gifted writer, (as well as some good chuckles), Morris and I highly recommend reading the author’s, “My Very Own Scholarly Column”. (The lady’s got one wicked good sense of humor.) Curious about the ‘story behind Dear Tabby?’ Ms. Crimi shares the inspiration with her fans and interested readers on her website.

We especially like knowing that one of Ms. Crimi’s favorite books is DON’T NEED FRIENDS illustrated by Lynn Munsinger, which, coincidentally, stars a rat.  (Who knew?)


David Roberts was born in Liverpool, England and has illustrated over 70 books, several of which he did with his sister Lynn. According to Mr. Roberts, Victoria sponge cake is his favorite food; he does not have a mobile phone (good for him!); and this British sartorial gent always wears striped socks — “never plain.” Morris and I both adore his illustrations in IGGY PECK ARCHITECT, written by Andrea Beaty, which Mr. Roberts reveals was influenced by his own favorite artist, David Hockney. Good stuff!


Want to win a FREE COPY of DEAR TABBY by these two unique talents? — Just leave a comment and you’re in the hopper. The winner will be contacted in a few weeks — so don’t miss out! It’s a book that not only brings a smile but also a heartwarming message that will be enjoyed and appreciated by all ages! (Feline and otherwise.)

It’s also a great book for classroom use on the subject of how to write a good letter! Check out the author’s fun activities for this book!



Well, that’s it from here — for now. Please join Morris and me next time when we will be CHATTING about the new Kate Feiffer book — MY SIDE OF THE CAR, illustrated by her dad, Jules Feiffer. (We recommend it as a great gift for Father’s Day — or any day!)

See you then — Stanley







13 Responses leave one →
  1. Yvonne J permalink
    May 21, 2011

    A RatChat review and a cup of coffee…what a way to start the day. I’ve read a couple of reviews for this book but none begin to compare with yours……♥d it!!!

  2. May 21, 2011

    Me-YOW! Great episode, Stanley and Morris. :)

  3. May 22, 2011

    My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

  4. Sandy B. permalink
    May 24, 2011

    After this review I had to check out Tabby myself. What a wise cat! I admire your open-minded willingness to give Tabby her due. And My Side of the Car is a hoot, too. Another super review, fellas!

  5. May 25, 2011

    this post is very usefull thx!

  6. May 25, 2011

    This sounds like a really good book and I am inspired to read it! Thank you for telling us about it Rat Chat!

    • May 26, 2011

      Thanks, Lily. Cross your fingers — and toes — you might win a copy of this very fun book.

  7. May 26, 2011

    Oh, I love you rats!

  8. Minh Albrashi permalink
    May 27, 2011

    Super-Duper website! I’m loving it!! Will come back again – taking you rss feeds also, Regards.

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