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A seemingly dull day quickly turns into counting mayhem when 19 feline friends follow a kitten home and proceed to tear the place apart. In fluid rhyming text, the head count builds up from "How many cats/are here to play?/Zero , zilch./None today" to "How many cats in all? Plenty!/Now they number nineteen, twenty." Thompson also introduces times table groupings (e.g., "frolicking in four rows of five"). The realistic illustrations are full of energy, with each cat doing its own thing while contributing to the chaos. The domestic setting reinforces the concept of numbers in everyday situations. Although the narrator repeatedly prompts a recount, readers will probably be doing that on their own; the numbers change so quickly-both up and down-that children will want to make sure they have a firm grasp of just how many cats are on a page at any time. The natural cadence of the text and the change-in-the-blink-of-an-eye activity make this a great book for sharing one-on-one. And it's an excellent recommendation for readers who can never have too many cats.-Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
Posted October 23, 2009
My three year old grandson loves stories he can remember and repeat with me and Thompson's rhymes and counting story are fun. But it's Robin Eley's fantastic illustrations that capture his eye. He loves cats and he enjoys looking for every cat he knows in the pictures. And the confused golden lab looks just like his dog. The detail is amazing for a children's book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.