Cat the Cat, Who Is That? (Cat the Cat Series)

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Cat the Cat sure likes her friends. You will too! Join this spunky feline as she introduces the very youngest readers to her world, where a surprise is waiting in every book!

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Overview

Cat the Cat sure likes her friends. You will too! Join this spunky feline as she introduces the very youngest readers to her world, where a surprise is waiting in every book!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
In this book, Willems uses features of the exuberant style that is his signature to create an easy-read book. Though they are little more than stick figures, the expressions on the faces of Willem's creatures give them plenty of personality. The text is spare—the first of each double spread asks "Cat the Cat, who is that?" On the next spread, Cat the Cat scoots from one page to the next identifying her friends such as Mouse the Mouse, Duck the Duck, and Fish the Fish. But even Cat is stymied when she comes to a two-eyed, four-armed, three-legged creature playing with blocks. However, the alien's greeting "Blarggie, Blarggie" is enough to convince Cat the Cat to use this as her name. Emergent readers will get plenty of reinforcement from the highly repetitive text and the picture clues. The success of Willem's "Elephant and Piggie" series suggests that they also will be quite happy to go back again and again to practice their emerging skills with this book. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
Publishers Weekly
In Cat the Cat's friendly world, names are an uncomplicated affair, most of the time. This early reader pictures Cat, an irrepressible kitty in a purple dress, skipping and cartwheeling to greet pals like Mouse the Mouse and Fish the Fish. All is well until Cat meets a chartreuse creature with eyestalks, a blue tongue, four arms, and three legs. She skids to a halt and her tail electrifies. The individual, unrecognizable but clearly amiable, stops stacking blocks to say, “Blarggie! Blarggie!” This time Cat's initial response to the repeated question, “Cat the Cat, who is that?” is “I have no idea,” but Cat finally decides this might be “a new friend!” and responds with a bouncy “Blarggie!” of her own. Willems provides just enough humor and surprise to entertain youngest audiences and subtly suggests some future reading: Duck the Duck cradles a Pigeon doll, and in a second book being released simultaneously—Let's Say Hi to Friends Who Fly!—another character rides a Pigeon playground toy. Cat could become another favorite; her personality sparkles in expansive gestures and gleeful interactions. Up to age 5. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Using a repetitive vocabulary with few new words added in, Willems offers successful reading experiences for the earliest readers, complete with fun-loving, friendly characters and surprise story lines. In the first book, Cat the Cat meets her friends as she answers the oft-repeated question, "Cat the Cat, who is that?" with "It's Mouse the Mouse!" Questions and answers are in large, bold type while white word balloons with a clear, dark font are used effectively to further the simple conversation. Cat the Cat continues on as she meets Duck the Duck, Fish the Fish, and a strange-looking alien who, after scaring her at first, becomes her new friend. In Let's Say Hi, Cat the Cat asks Bee the Bee, Bird the Bird, and Bat the Bat if they can fly. They all answer "watch me" as they fly away. The story takes a surprise turn as the friends ask Rhino the Rhino if he can fly, and he takes off in his airplane, taking them with him. The animals are drawn with expressions ranging from wide-eyed innocence to surprise as they learn about the world around them. Drawn on a mostly uncluttered sky-blue background with thick black lines, the characters are illustrated in a brighter and wider range of colors than in Willems's previous works. Fans of "Elephant and Piggie" (Hyperion) may think themselves to be a bit advanced for this newest cast of characters, but they will want to join in on these latest adventures where even Pigeon makes subtle appearances.—Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Mo is back, and Cat the Cat has arrived. The spare, animation-inspired aesthetic, bright colors and speech-bubble text that characterize many of Willem's works are present in this new picture-book series, which could also serve well as beginning reader fare. In this inaugural title, the sweet, eponymous character encounters friends at every page turn, whom she readily identifies as Mouse the Mouse, Duck the Duck, Fish the Fish and so on. But when she discovers a seven-limbed monster playing with building blocks, she can only respond "EEP!" to the text's oft-repeated prompt, "Cat the Cat, who is that?" Like Leonardo the Terrible Monster (2005) before him, this monster happily turns out to be a good friend, and Cat the Cat joins him in joyfully shouting, "Blarggie! Blarggie!" and crashing through the block tower. Move over Pigeon, Piggie and Gerald, there's a new cat in town, and she's most welcome. (Picture book/early reader. 2-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061728402
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/16/2010
  • Series: Cat the Cat Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 178,483
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD20L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.26 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Mo Willems

Mo Willems knows a Good Idea when he sees one. A three-time Caldecott Honor winner (for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny, and Knuffle Bunny Too), he also won two Geisel Medals and two Geisel Honors for his Elephant and Piggie books. His books are perennial New York Times bestsellers, including Knuffle Bunny Free, Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator!, and the Cat the Cat series. Before he turned to making picture books, Mo was a writer and animator on Sesame Street, where he won six Emmys. Mo lives with his family in Massachusetts.

Mo Willems knows a Good Idea when he sees one. A three-time Caldecott Honor winner (for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny, and Knuffle Bunny Too), he also won two Geisel Medals and two Geisel Honors for his Elephant and Piggie books. His books are perennial New York Times bestsellers, including Knuffle Bunny Free, Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator!, and the Cat the Cat series. Before he turned to making picture books, Mo was a writer and animator on Sesame Street, where he won six Emmys. Mo lives with his family in Massachusetts.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

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    This book is another wonderful read by Mo Willems. The students in my first-grade class, who gleefully read the Pigeon books and the Elephant and Piggie series, were thrilled to add this story to our classroom library. This story is accessible to young children, thanks to its repetitive format and its familiar vocabulary. (I did have students ask, "What does this say?" when they got to the words, "Blarggie, Blarggie!") The book also provides a sweet lesson about friendship and acceptance. Not to mention, Cat the Cat is probably the cutest orange cat in a purple dress that you will ever see.

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  • Posted August 21, 2014

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    Excellent book - cute, vibrant colors, perfect for a gift!!

    Excellent book - cute, vibrant colors, perfect for a gift!!

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    A great gift

    My grandchild is a major Mo Willems fan. This book is fun to read together. She unwrapped the book and we had to immediately read it through a number of times. The rhythm and rhyme are perfect preschool fare. Since she is learning to read, the book draws her to the written words. Now she is able to read much of it to me. This whole series is recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    riddle for all kids

    this book is fun toungue twister but very cute

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