When I think of my all-time favorite children’s books, one that always comes to mind is Kat Kong (©1993) by Dav Pilkey. I love this book so much that I featured it in this post about my favorite childhood reads.
Kat Kong is a riotous spoof of King Kong. When three mouse explorers visiting an uncharted island discover the ferocious Kat Kong, they decide to bring him back to the city of Mousopolis. Not long after, the ferocious kitty breaks free and begins terrorizing the city.
Pilkey has a knack for writing with both children and adults in mind, expertly blending silliness and wit. The kid-friendly puns are sure to bring a smile to your face.
The best part of this book is the fantastic artwork. Using his own pets as subjects, Pilkey combines photographic collage and paint to create pictures that are both vividly lifelike and wonderfully fanciful. The engaging illustrations also make this book a wonderful read-aloud.
I recommend Kat Kong for kids (and adults!) ages 5+.