Flabby Tabby

Overview

Tabby enjoys a comfortable life, until Fit Kit arrives. Introducing ideas for a healthy lifestyle, Flabby Tabby was created in consultation with a literary specialist and designed to support children who are gaining confidence in reading. With engaging illustrations, an entertaining story, and new words to learn, this book is perfect for young readers to read on their own.

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Overview

Tabby enjoys a comfortable life, until Fit Kit arrives. Introducing ideas for a healthy lifestyle, Flabby Tabby was created in consultation with a literary specialist and designed to support children who are gaining confidence in reading. With engaging illustrations, an entertaining story, and new words to learn, this book is perfect for young readers to read on their own.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
What happens to a Tabby Cat who eats too much food and gets no exercise? The vet says she needs exercise. A new kitty appears at Tabby's house and eats all her food first each morning. Tabby slowly starts following mom's exercise TV program adding more each day. Now fit, Tabby is beating the kitty to the food bowl and sleeping basket, ending the story with a cuddly surprise. Children, especially those who have a cat, will enjoy the story and its colorful illustrations that give Tabby a personality. 2005, Children's Books, Ages 2 to 7.
—Charlotte M. Krall
School Library Journal
PreS-Tabby is an older cat who likes her life of sleeping and eating. If she wants to get up onto a chair to sleep, she waits for little Polly to carry her there. Finally, she is too flabby to get through the cat door. Her family takes her to the vet, where they learn that their pet needs more exercise. The vet's suggestion is that the family should get a kitten. When the new addition gets to the food bowl first, one too many times, the older animal decides to institute "Tabby's Secret Feline Fitness Plan." Once Tabby is fit again, she is able to race around the house with the kitten, and they eventually become friends. The illustrations are colorful and engaging and the cats are appealing. However, the story is contrived and not very imaginative, and the ending predictable.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Anyone who has ever known or owned an overweight cat will grin at this oh-so-true tale. "Tabby's life was an endless round of activity, from her basket to her bowl, and from her bowl to her basket . . . where she fell sleep." Then she gets stuck in the pet door-where she falls asleep. Off to the vet who prescribes a drastic remedy-a kitten. The furry bundle of energy climbs the curtains, leaps on the sofa and eats Tabby's food, but worst of all, it gets all of owner Polly's attention. That does it! Tabby starts her "Secret Feline Fitness Plan"-which does the trick, making room for one cat plus one kitten in the basket. The spontaneous, sketchy style and collage details match the cat's droll point of view, while the facial features of Tabby and humans, formed with just a few spare lines, record their expressions and reactions. Comically charming, Fit Kit and Flabby Tabby are a hit. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845075651
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 12/22/2009
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Penny McKinlay began her career as a news and show business journalist on the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail before joining TV-am as a producer. Also the author of Elephants Don’t Do Ballet, she lives in the U.K. Britta Teckentrup’s first book was described by Publishers Weekly as “magic.” The author and illustrator of over 60 children’s books published in over 20 countries, she lives in Berlin.

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