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Cat Says Meow: And Other Animalopoeia
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Cat Says Meow: And Other Animalopoeia

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by Michael Arndt
 

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Dog says woof . . . pig says oink . . . cow says moo. Animals and the sounds they make are paired up in playfully compelling ways in this eye-catching illustrated gift book featuring bold colors and an engaging use of onomatopoeia. Kids and parents will delight in discovering the ways in which the letters that spell out each animal's sound are key elements of that

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Dog says woof . . . pig says oink . . . cow says moo. Animals and the sounds they make are paired up in playfully compelling ways in this eye-catching illustrated gift book featuring bold colors and an engaging use of onomatopoeia. Kids and parents will delight in discovering the ways in which the letters that spell out each animal's sound are key elements of that animal's illustration. With so much to see and to sound out, kids will relish this unique visual and educational experience, brimming with color and letters.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/16/2013
Graphic designer Arndt puts a clever spin on onomatopoeia in his first children’s book, using the letters from the sounds made by 25 animals to create minimalist, solid-color portraits. Since “Pig says oink,” the “o” forms the pig’s snout, the “i” creates its eyes (it appears to be winking), and the “n” and “k” make up the ears. The negative space of a lower-case “e” suggests the spindly legs of a yellow chick, and a florid cursive “g” (from “gobble”) stands in for a turkey’s wattle. Graphically restrained yet exuberant in its sense of fun, it’s a winning blend of typography and zoology. Ages 3–5. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
"A beautifully crafted and truly stellar book that no library should miss."—School Library Journal

International Design Award, Silver Award Winner in Books, 2013"

One of those rare picture books with something for everyone to enjoy."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review"

I highly reccomend."—Everyday Reading"

A winning blend of typography and zoology."-Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal
03/01/2014
K-Gr 3—This clever book introduces readers to a wide variety of animals and the noises they make. Readers are exposed to a cacophony of animal sounds, from dogs to mice to crows to squirrels. The most engaging aspect of this book is the use of typography to illustrate the animals. Arndt arranges letters in different sizes and fonts in order to create the shape of subjects. A dog's ear, for example, is composed of a "W," and his mouth is a lowercase "f." The caption on the page reads, "Dog says woof." A mouse's curling tail is an "S," and its other features help to spell out "squeak." Each animal appears in a bold, monochrome color, using white spaces to capture details. The pages are dramatic and uncluttered. Every animal gets its own page, and all of them stand alone against a white background except for the owl, which is a black figure set on a blue page. The very young will find the animal shapes endearing and will delight in saying, "chirp!" and "chomp!" Children who can recognize letters well enough to identify an upside-down, sideways, or stylized letter will also savor this. Those who can spell will make a game out of searching for all the letters in the word "glub" that are hidden inside the shape of a fish. A beautifully crafted and truly stellar book that no library should miss.—Jess deCourcy Hinds, Bard High School Early College, Queens, NY
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-12-11
No other book of simple sentences about animal sounds also boasts eye-catching, often humorous graphics that show the letters of the sound forming the animal's head or body. For beginning readers, the cover invites a long perusal, a preparation for how to "read" the pictures inside. The unmistakable shape of a mouse, in solid slate gray, is composed of the letters--in varying types and sizes--that spell "squeak." Appropriately, as with most of the book's pictures, the letters are in sequence from left to right. (The "S"-shaped tail of the mouse is at the far left, eventually leading to the whiskers as the final "K" on the right.) Next to the mouse is a large ochre cat's face, with the "M" for "Meow" as ears and under that, eyes and jowls formed by the final letters. Other sly pairings inside include a mosquito with a frog. There are also some gentle rhymes, as "caw caw" lines up next to "hee haw," and a few surprises, such as "Squirrel goes chomp." Each page turn reveals a new graphic in a bold color, with a pleasing variety of single- and double-page spreads, as well as subtle changes in composition. This is one of those rare picture books with something for everyone to enjoy, beginning with colors, sounds and shapes for the youngest. (Picture book. 2-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452112343
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
03/04/2014
Pages:
36
Sales rank:
647,515
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Arndt is an award-winning graphic designer whose love of animals and typography inspired Cat Says Meow. He lives in New York City.

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Cat Says Meow: And Other Animalopoeia 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
I love onomatopoeia and aninalopoeia! This is an awesome book. The whole book is well done. I think it is great for kids learning to read and learning animal sounds. I think that the pictures are extremely unusual and eye-pleasing. I really like how the book is organized, and that the pictures have different fonts for different purposes. It is totally cool. I think that kids and parents will love this book. *NOTE I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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Benz45 More than 1 year ago
I have given several Cat Says Meow books to little nieces and nephews. I’m amazed that minutes can pass on each page. The visual imagery is cleaver and engaging. It combines the love of animals and graphic artistry to allow a child’s mind to imagine and learn. It's a visual puzzle for the mind.