Poetry Friday: A Curious Collection of Cats


And just like that, it’s Friday once again!

This week I’m sharing a poetry collection that’s just purrrrfect for cat lovers like me.

Have I mentioned that I’m a cat lady?


I’m a cat lady.


So of course my heart did a little leap when I saw this beauty at the library!

A Curious Collection of Cats by Betsy Franco, illustrated by Michael Wertz


This collection of concrete poems is so much fun! The poems are short and pithy, and the illustrations are just filled to the brim with colour and life!

Here are just two of my favourite poems in the collection:

Techno Cat


Binky’s Kittens


The way in which the text and the illustrations are woven together is eye-catching, and really challenges the reader to take in the entire spread, making reading an active, rather than passive activity. This would be a great text for encouraging young writers to really allow themselves to write “outside the box”, and use the entire page as their canvas!

Honestly this collection is just wonderful – I can’t believe I’ve never come across it before. It would make the purrrfect gift for any cat lover in your life, of any age!

And with that, have a terrific week, friends!

Oh, and P.S. – I’m hosting Poetry Friday next week! How exciting!!! 🙂


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  • Reply Sally Murphy (@sallymurphy)

    oh wow! I love this and know someone who NEEDS this book, so will be seeking it out. It’s purrfect.

    November 10, 2017 at 7:38 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Hurray! So glad to be sharing the cat poetry love. 🐈

      November 13, 2017 at 2:18 am
  • Reply Tara Smith

    What a feast for the eyes, and fun to read, too!

    November 10, 2017 at 2:45 pm
  • Reply jama

    I’d heard of this book, but haven’t seen it in person yet. Thanks for sharing the sample poems — Love the playfulness and I’m sure kids find this book a joy to read. Hello, Cat Lady! 🙂

    November 10, 2017 at 5:05 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      One of the many lovely things about working in a library is all the books I stumble upon while tidying up the shelves! 😸

      November 13, 2017 at 2:19 am
  • Reply Tabatha

    How clever! I’m charmed.

    November 10, 2017 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply lindabaie

    I love this, too, Jane. Binky’s Kittens is simply a delight! Thank you!

    November 10, 2017 at 6:28 pm
  • Reply Kay McGriff (@kaymcgriff)

    I wish I could be a cat lady! My husband is allergic, so I’ve had to give them up. Maybe I could talk him into this fun collection of cat poems instead!

    November 10, 2017 at 11:22 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      My partner and I are actually both very allergic! What a cruel, cruel twist of fate, to be an asthmatic, allergic cat lady! :'(

      November 11, 2017 at 1:26 am
  • Reply Michelle Kogan

    Thanks for this fun post Jane, the book is marvelous and p-p-p-erfect; just shared it with my daughter who also thinks it’s cool. I’ll have to look for it!

    November 11, 2017 at 1:56 am
  • Reply Diane Mayr

    We have seven of Franco’s math concept and/or poetry books, but somehow missed this one. The cat across the keyboard poem fits my life to a T.

    November 11, 2017 at 4:34 pm
  • Reply maryleehahn

    I love ALL of Betsy Franco’s concrete poem collections, but this one is the “pick of the litter,” as it were!

    November 11, 2017 at 9:04 pm
  • Reply mbhmaine

    Oh, these are such fun! I’m a cat person, too, and have recently acquired two young cats. I can totally relate to the keyboard issue as I’ve been remonstrating with both our kitties about this lamentable habit. Binky’s Kittens is wonderful! Those words prance and play all over the page, just like kittens! Thanks for sharing.

    November 12, 2017 at 12:05 am
  • Reply Robyn Hood Black

    I have this book, too – been a cat person since birth! ;0) Thanks for sharing, and yay for hosting next week. Prrrrrr….

    November 12, 2017 at 4:29 am
  • Reply Brenda Davis Harsham

    What a fun book!

    November 12, 2017 at 11:06 pm
  • Reply Laura Shovan

    I have this book and share it often. It’s so much fun! A great book to show kids the joy of concrete poetry.

    November 17, 2017 at 1:41 am
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