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What's a cat to do when left all alone at home? Why, invite the neighborhood cats over, of course! A quiet afternoon for one quickly becomes a party for twenty.
Lauren Thompson's clever verse will guide young listeners to count from one to twenty and back again, introducing them to early math skills along the way. Kids will have a blast following their favorite felines as they rush and roam through Robin Eley's vivid and playful illustrations. ...
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Overview

What's a cat to do when left all alone at home? Why, invite the neighborhood cats over, of course! A quiet afternoon for one quickly becomes a party for twenty.
Lauren Thompson's clever verse will guide young listeners to count from one to twenty and back again, introducing them to early math skills along the way. Kids will have a blast following their favorite felines as they rush and roam through Robin Eley's vivid and playful illustrations.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Lauren Thomson's counting book in rhyme has a number of things going for it. First, it actually counts beyond ten. The fact that it counts through the teens and all the way to twenty is not only refreshing but also feels revolutionary in an odd sort of way. Second, it counts with cats, every breed and/or mixture of which one can imagine. The only other character within the picture book story is a perpetually dumbfounded dog, probably of the Labrador family, who plays a sort of Oliver Hardy to more Stan Laurels than he can imagine which, of course, justifies the third point. Yes, the book has a sense of humor. This humor would have been difficult without the illustrations of Robin Eley, who presents the comfortable Australian suburban neighborhood and home in which the action takes place so completely matter-of-factly that all the catty nonsense makes perfect sense. Doesn't it? Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
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PreS-Gr 2

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

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"How many cats / are here to play? / Zero, zilch. / None today." The sad golden lab in the picture window is not alone for long, though; one cat enters by the cat flap. He's followed by another. Soon they are arriving by twos and threes. Twenty cats arrive to play with yarn and cause kitty havoc around the house. "Then five tired cats leave the scene. / How many cats are left? / Fifteen. / Fifteen kitties sprint and spree, / in five galloping groups of three." They leave by fours and threes and twos . . . until only the dog and a great mess remain. Eley paints exuberant bundles of fun that dance and leap across the pages of Thompson's joyous and slyly math-infused counting tale. They hide in drawers of cotton balls. They ride skateboards, and they wiggle through strands of yarn like four-footed ribbon dancers begging to be counted. Sure to be a call-and-response crowd-pleaser at any kitty-cat storytime. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423108016
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauren Thompson is the New York Times best-selling author of Mouse's First Christmas, Mouse's First Halloween, Mouse's First Day of School, and Mouse's First Spring, as well as Little Quack and Little Quack's New Friend. Her other books include Ballerina Dreams and Polar Bear Night. She is a children's book editor and, along with her husband and son, makes her home in Brooklyn, New York. She has one gorgeous cat.

Robin Eley's work has been seen in publications all over the United States, including Time, the Wall Street Journal, Men's Fitness, and The Progressive. He has a BFA from Westmont College and attended the Illustration Academy. He lives in Australia with his girlfriend. They have zero cats, but they are thinking about adopting one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2009

    For the little kid that loves cats

    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.

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