Genre: Picture Book
Suggested age: 3-8
Author: Jeanne Willis
Illustrator: Tony Ross
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group, Inc. 2009
Flabby Cat and Slobby Dog are perplexed at why they are having trouble fitting on their couch one day. Slobby Dog is sure that the couch has shrunk while Flabby Cat insists that the cushions have grown; however, their solution to this problem is to comfort themselves by eating and sleep more. When that doesn’t solve their problem and their house becomes too small, they turn to their distant relatives, Cunning Tiger and Wild Wolf, in hopes that they can stay with them. The two set out on an adventure. After much adventure and searching, the two find that that they don’t need Wild Wolf and Cunning Tiger to make room for them, they were with them all along.The saying, “show, not tell”, comes to mind after reading this book. After reading too many thinly veiled attempts at dealing with obesity, I think that I have finally found a book that I would feel comfortable recommending to my colleagues who are looking for picture books to support their healthy living units.