The beautiful illustrations in this book carry a great message for you and your little ones.

About the Book

It’s Sunday, the day before the school week begins, and Alycat is nervous. She just knows that Monday is going to be the Mondayest Monday ever! On the playground, Alycat realizes she isn’t the only one suffering from the Sunday Scaries. It’s hard to ride a bike. What if Kit falls? The treehouse is so high. Will Spotty make it safely back down? The kittens band together to overcome their fears, but can they turn the Sunday Scaries into a Sunday Funday? The themes of the books in the Alycat Series all reflect a reliance on friendships, imagination, and creativity towards problem-solving. Fans of Alycat and her friends will enjoy spotting references to the kittens’ daily adventures within these pages. Tips for a successful lemonade stand are included!

My Thoughts

Who hasn’t had a case of the “Sunday scaries” – that dread before the start of the week? Very few people, even if they love what they do with their time, want to do it one hundred percent of the time.

The author and illustrator have worked together to create a beautiful story to help your child overcome the Sunday scaries by reminding them that there are good things to look forward to. To me, this is akin to the practice of “three things” or gratitude journaling, where you consider something good that happened in your day. The concept is that you can always find something. This is kind of like you can probably find something to look forward to in the week.

I’ll admit, even when asked by others on Instagram or similar, I’ve had a hard time answering the question of what are you looking forward to this week. So I definitely needed this reminder! Even worse I feel like my answers always have to do with other people like I’m looking forward to this thing about my daughter or husband. It really helps me evaluate where I am in life when I try to answer these questions. Sometimes, something as simple as a great kids’ book with a great message can open your eyes!

If you know a kid – or a kid at heart – who could use some help with the Sunday scaries or loves cats (like my kid) they’ll probably love this book. I’m grateful to the author, illustrator, publisher and Love Books Tours for including me in this tour and providing a print copy.

Who’s It For?

This is an adorable book for kids, with a great message that can help people of all ages. The publishers have labeled it as appropriate for ages 4-8, and that seems correct. My 6 year enjoyed it, because she loves cats. She doesn’t totally get the Sunday scaries thing yet – she hasn’t fully got the days of the week thing down – but once she does I think this book will make total sense! The younger ones will love the cats and friendships, the older ones will love the rest of the message.

Content Warnings: None

About the Author

Award-winning author Alysson Foti Bourque graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a degree in elementary education. She is a certified elementary education teacher and earned a law degree from the Southern University Law Center. After practicing law for six years, she traded in writing trial briefs for writing children’s books. Her books featuring Alycat have been recipients of the NYC Big Book Award, the Mom’s Choice Awards, and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards; have been featured in Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly; and have appeared in the Oscars celebrity swag bag and the Grammy Awards gift bag. Bourque enjoys speaking with children and teachers at schools and libraries, where she is accompanied by the life-size Alycat mascot. She hopes to inspire others to believe in themselves and their work and to keep pursuing their dreams.


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