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Overview

In Matthew Van Fleet's irresisibly pettable, brillantly innovative and fun multi-concept book, watch twenty-three breeds of frolicking felines pounce, prance and parade through concepts, pull-tabs, textures and interactive surprises. And you'll never believe what cat dragged in! Pleasingly purr-fect fun from start to finish! Meow...meow...meow...WOW!

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Overview

In Matthew Van Fleet's irresisibly pettable, brillantly innovative and fun multi-concept book, watch twenty-three breeds of frolicking felines pounce, prance and parade through concepts, pull-tabs, textures and interactive surprises. And you'll never believe what cat dragged in! Pleasingly purr-fect fun from start to finish! Meow...meow...meow...WOW!

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Matthew Van Fleet's interactive Cat stimulates the senses and awakens young minds. This adorable picture book introduces no fewer than 23 feline breeds to young cat fanciers, using pull-tabs, petable textures, and other surprises to delight them again and again. A perfect accompaniment for pint-sized cat lovers.
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"This is a perfect interactive book for the youngest animal lover in your family. Little hands will enjoy lifting the flaps, poking the squeaker, pulling the tabs, and fingering the fabric feline tails...The excellent quality of the photographs makes this book suitable for a coffee table as well as a toddler."— Connie Goldsmith, CALIFORNIA KIDS! Family Fun Guide
Publishers Weekly

Created in the style of 2007's Dog, this compact photographic book showcases as many varieties of cats as it does interactive components. Tabs enable playful motion: on the cover, a gray cat dips his paw into a fish bowl; inside, a Bengal swats at a ball of yarn and a "swishing slinky cat tail" twitches. Other cats are pictured next to descriptive titles: a fluffy "aristocat" sits on a tuffet while a "nice cat" dozes next to a parrot. A "scraggly cat" features a furry cutout, while a hairless, "scary cat" (a Sphynx) lives up to its moniker. The final panels offer portraits of the cast of characters, with their names and breeds. The lively diversity of felines makes this as appropriate on a coffee table as in a playroom. Ages 2-up. (Feb.)

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Children's Literature - Eleanor Heldrich
This amusing book for young children, as with many of Mr. Van Fleet's other books, is recognizable by the thickness of its pages, its white cover, and its title printed in large black letters. All of the illustrations are photographs of real cats, and they are identified by their names on the final pages. There are thirty different breeds, and they are identified by their call names and breeds on the last page. There is Star, an Oriental and Starglow, a Toyger, Mimi, a Persian and Jordon with her two kittens, Almond Joy and Kit Kat who are American Curls. Solo is a Burmese and Nappi is a Domestic Shorthair with white, black and brown stripes and a white napkin under her chin. The front cover displays three cats, a hefty orange one, a slimmer two-tone brown one with large blue eyes, and a soft grey cat with yellow eyes behind a goldfish bowl with her paw in it. A substantial push tab (and you know it is a push tab because of the large arrow pointed into the book) moves the paw down and the fish out of the way. The cats on the seven large double-page spreads are introduced with a sort of rhyming flow. On the first page, there is "Cool cat, Copycat, Striped cat, Spots. Cat with a ball of yarn—swat, swat, swat!" Followed on the second page with "Furry cat, Bald cat, Wrinkly cat, Sleek. Cats love toys that squeak, squeak, squeak!" On that page there is a small, round cushion to push that will squeak. Some of the cats appear more than once in the book. I will not tell you what other kind of creatures appear, but you will be delighted to see them. A very young child will want to share looking at this book many times. Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich
School Library Journal

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Van Fleet follows up the popular Tails (Harcourt, 2003) and Dog (S & S, 2007) with this interactive novelty book aimed at toddlers but photographed for cat lovers. Stanton has captured an impressive array of expressions on his subjects: a cheeky Himalayan sticking out its tongue, a regally bored Bengal, a gentle Kurilian Bobtail asleep beside a parrot. The text consists of simple rhymes designed to describe different types of cats and what they do. Sue Stainton's I Love Cats (Harper Collins, 2007) and Patricia Hubbell's I Like Cats (North-South, 2003) are just a couple of similar titles that come to mind. The inclusion of furry tails to pat, flaps to lift, and tabs to pull is designed to engage young readers, although it will probably just lead to damaged books. The photographs are engaging enough and should continue to hold attention after the novelty wears off. Buy where the other Van Fleet titles are popular.-Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416978008
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
  • Publication date: 2/10/2009
  • Pages: 20
  • Sales rank: 90,944
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Van Fleet

Matt Van Fleetis a bestselling
author, designer, and dad. His beloved and
bestselling books include Monday the Bullfrog,
Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings, Spotted Yellow Frogs,
One Yellow Lion, Tails, and Dog. He lives with
his family in Chappaqua, New York.

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  • Posted April 2, 2010

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    Exellent!!!

    This book is cute, interactive and easy for a child to manipulate!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

    love it! great quality.

    my first child loved a book similar to this when he was a baby, so i got this book for my second child. the major positive difference of this book is the quality! all the moving parts stay on very well despite my two kids pulling and pushing, etc. with all the moving parts, it's eye and attention-catching and kids play with this book for a while. even though my 9 month old can't move the parts himself, he enjoys watching. my 3 year old has fun moving the parts. some pages are humorous and the photographer captured different expressions on the cats very well. very very good quality. one minor negative comment i may say is that there's not much story to tell in this book. it's very much visual oriented and it's just fine without a story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    Good childrens book

    This book was purchased as a gift for a young child who loves animals and is learning how to read. The illustrations consist of real pictures of cats. Every page has an interactive activity in order to keep the interest of non-readers: pull a tab to make a tail wag, pet the fur of a cat, or make a toy squeak (to name a few). The sentences end in words that rhyme, which is helpful for someone learning how to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2009

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    For the love of kitties...

    My 15 month old son loves kitties!! He actually spotted this book and "had" to have it!! It has brought us hours of amusement and giggles as we read and reread the pages! The kitties and their antics are adorable!
    Also noteworthy, the book is suprisingly durable for a 15 month old too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

    My son ADORES this book!

    This is my one-year-old son's favorite book. We have a cat--who is characteristically standoffish--but the kitties in this book give him the attention he seeks. An excellent book for toddlers, CAT features several different textures, a few pull-tab pages (including a hide-and-seek cat that plays "peek-a-boo"), and my son's favorite--a page that squeaks. He pulls this book out every day. I highly recommend it for anyone with young children and cats.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2011

    Good book for the young reader!!

    My grandson loves this book, it has become one of his favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

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    A Granddaughter Fave!

    In addition to "DOG", "CAT" is one of my granddaughter's favorite bedtime reading books.

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