I think this book could be accurately renamed “Cat and Toad Muse About the World.” Olive and Ginger by Xenia Mesot really reminded me an advanced version of Frog and Toad. The humor was a little subtle/advanced for my 5yo, but I think he got it when I explained it to him. Overall I thought the stories were clever and we enjoyed the lovely illustrations, but I was a little surprised that Olive and Ginger never actually do a whole lot. Mostly, they just talk about smells, singing, and water from their very different perspectives. Which was cute, but I felt like it was just missing a little something. I ranked it, and I’d still recommend for anyone looking for a cute, clever story for ages 5-7. (especially cat-lovers.)

Thanks so much to the publisher and NetGalley for the free ARC!

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ½

My 5yo says he liked it, especially when they were thinking through ideas, and he ranked it #4 of the 6 NetGalley picture books we read today.

Five-year-old rating:


A thumbs up and a half from the two of us.

Thanks for reading!