Cat Secrets

Cat Secrets

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by Jef Czekaj
     
 

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I'm sorry—this book is not for you. This book is for CATS ONLY.

What's that you say?

You are a cat?

Okay . . . get ready to prove it!

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I'm sorry—this book is not for you. This book is for CATS ONLY.

What's that you say?

You are a cat?

Okay . . . get ready to prove it!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A yellow, tiger-striped cat accosts readers at the start of this comical picture book. "Stop! Stop reading right now! This book is for CATS only!" it shouts, pointing to a red diary-style book titled "Cat Secrets." Before giving up said secrets, the cat and two compatriots examine readers' feline credentials. "Okay, if you're really a cat, let's hear you meow," says the cat. On the next spread, the three cats' huge eyes face readers, giving them time to chime in; sufficiently impressed with the meowing, the cats move on to other tests. If somewhat generic, Czekaj's expressive, high-contrast, high-energy cartoons put the cats front and center, emphasizing their direct addresses to readers; a mouse, who repeatedly tries to steal the book, provides additional comedy. The cats' actions are represented both visually as well as with words (as they "leap," "whisper," and "yawn"). Although the appeals for reader interaction may make for a rowdy read-aloud, Czekaj cleverly slows the book's pace at the end by demanding that readers take a catnap. It's easy to see this one being read just before preschool naptime. Ages 3–6. (Jan.)
Skippyjon Jones
Praise for CAT SECRETS: “If I were a cat I’d give this book five paws. But I’m NOT a cat, I am a CHIHUAHUA!”
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—For anyone who has ever suspected that cats have their own secret society, this amusing book proves it. Three felines prepare to read Cat Secrets, a book so precious it's kept in a protective glass case. But first they need to make sure that there are no noncats around, and begin their investigations. They break through the fourth wall and directly challenge readers to meow, purr, and stretch. They take some convincing, and are so preoccupied with readers that they do not see a mouse sneaking around them, angling to snatch the book himself. The cats' willingness to read their secrets aloud hinges on one final test (taking a nap), which they proceed to do, giving the mouse free access to the tome. Czekaj's cartoons done in a palette of primary colors and with expressive use of speech bubbles and eyebrows make this a comedic gem. The book has obvious appeal as a read-aloud, with its instructions and large-format cartoons, but it has the intimacy of a story to be read independently. Emerging readers who have cut their teeth on Mo Willems's similarly chatty "Elephant and Piggie" series (Hyperion) will feel more than capable of tackling this book.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062081193
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/15/2011
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,021,741
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Czekaj is a cartoonist, children’s book author and illustrator, and underground DJ. His comic Grampa and Julie: Shark Hunters ran in Nickelodeon magazine for more than ten years. Jef’s other picture books include Austin, Lost in America; Cat Secrets; Oink-a-Doodle-Moo; and Hip & Hop, Don’t Stop! He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. You can visit him online at www.czekaj.com.

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Cat Secrets 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
LadyJai More than 1 year ago
So, you want to know all about cat secrets? You have to read this book! This is the only book that will tell you! But you must pass their tests before they will reveal their secrets. Do you have what it takes? Oh the fun of 2nd person point of view. Jef Czekaj really gets the reader into the book and each page is leaving you wanting more. Would make a great read to little ones to get them trying to act like a cat!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a really good story , great to read and play with kids. You have to do the things cats do to read the book. From sadie 7 merridith 6
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A clearing with many clouds and dens, half the clearing a huge lake that leads into the ocean. Thisbis where the two clans meet and share their secrets and make friends with each other. A truce had been held between the two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It sounds like cats only...
CReneeCF More than 1 year ago
We LOOOOOVE this book! So cute! My daughter participates with us while we read with her! Super cute!