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Beautiful Feast for a Big King Cat
     

Beautiful Feast for a Big King Cat

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by John Archambault, Bruce Degen (Illustrator), Bill Martin
 

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"Big Cat, Big Cat, catch me if you can!" Every day the tiny mouse teases the big cat. And every day the cat sets off in hot pursuit. But the mouse is fast and always makes it home to safety — just in the nick of time. Until one day the cat takes a shortcut. When the mouse arrives home, the cat is waiting... and boy is he hungry!

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"Big Cat, Big Cat, catch me if you can!" Every day the tiny mouse teases the big cat. And every day the cat sets off in hot pursuit. But the mouse is fast and always makes it home to safety — just in the nick of time. Until one day the cat takes a shortcut. When the mouse arrives home, the cat is waiting... and boy is he hungry!

A Dual Main Selection of the Children's Book-of-the-Month Club
Children's Choices for 1995 (IRA/CBC)

Author Biography: John Archambault is a poet, songwriter, and storyteller who has wanted to be a writer ever since he was in the third grade. He and Bill Martin have collaborated on several other books, including Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Barn Dance!, Listen to the Rain, and Up and Down on the Merry-Go-Round. Mr. Archambault lives in California and has a three-year-old and a five-year-old.

Bill Martin Jr., is considered one of America's outstanding teachers and educational lecturers. His numerous publications include the classics Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?, both illustrated by Eric Carle. He lives in New York City.

Bruce Degen has written and illustrated several books including Jamberry. He collaborated with Nancy White Carlstrom on the popular Jesse Bear books, and with Joanna Cole on the best-selling Magic Schoolbus series. Mr. Degen lives in Newton, Connecticut.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Each time the small mouse teases the cat--`` Big cat, big cat, / catch me if you can! ''--he is saved by his intrepid mother, who yanks the cat's tail or tweaks his nose with the fireplace tongs. The third time around, however, the cat takes a shortcut and catches his prey. The little mouse doesn't despair. Rather, he ``starts to think,'' then tempts the cat with visions of ``fried chicken bones /with catnip crust . . . / and plump juicy livers / in sweet sugar dust''; when the cat closes his eyes to contemplate the feast of which he thinks himself worthy, the mouse escapes. Archambault and Martin's rambunctious plot and lively, rhymed verse are perfectly complemented by the slapstick in Degen's detailed and faintly Victorian illustrations. The cat, both menacing and comical, lies in a yellow waistcoat on a chaise lounge reading The Feline Times --``Kitty Crisis: Litter Supply Boxed In''--while the cozy mouse house hums with domesticity. As rhythmic as Archambault and Martin's Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and as endearing as Degen's Jesse Bear books. Ages 3-8. (June)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-This lesson about the dangers of teasing is presented in a delightful package. A young mouse taunts, "`Big cat, big cat, catch me if you can!'" Twice the rodent manages to escape to his house, where its mother forcefully warns the big bully to "`pick on someone your own size.'" But on the third try, the cat takes a shortcut and grabs the mouse before he can reach home. Only the youngster's quick thinking allows him to escape. The rhymed text, repetitive phrases, and patterned plot make this a perfect choice for beginning readers. The dialogue appears in italics, encouraging readers to dramatize the story. Degen's large, watercolor illustrations are filled with wonderful, Victorian period detail. Occasionally, text appears in a decorative frame centered with a crown or bordered with fancy flowers and wrought-iron designs. King Cat himself looks somewhat like a critter from a Beatrix Potter tale. While the young mouse may never go to King Cat's house again, young readers will definitely keep coming back to this book for more.-Marianne Saccardi, Whitby School American Montessori Center, Greenwich, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064434607
Publisher:
HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Series:
Trophy Picture Bks.
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.98(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
AD390L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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Beautiful Feast for a Big King Cat 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We love this book! Great pictures, great text, and.. great menu.
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Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault have done it again. As a Kindergarten teacher, one of my greatest joys is watching and listening to my kids LOVE a book. I have that opportunity often when I pull out this class favorite. Whenever I decide to treat them (and myself) to this romp, I preface it by saying, 'I'm the laziest teacher in the world. You read this book to me today.' Of course I know they can, because they've got the rolling rhythm of the story down pat. Do your kids and yourself a favor and check out this creative, funny frolic.