How To Be a Good Cat

How To Be a Good Cat

by Gail Page
     
 

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Bobo is a very good dog. So when Mr. Hiccup needs someone to watch his new kitten, Bonkers, Bobo eagerly volunteers. He can't wait to teach his young friend a few tried-and-true tricks. But Bonkers doesn't want to sit or stay or fetch. He'd rather shred the curtains or terrorize the goldfish. Luckily, Cat knows all about cat things-like stretching, pouncing, and

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Bobo is a very good dog. So when Mr. Hiccup needs someone to watch his new kitten, Bonkers, Bobo eagerly volunteers. He can't wait to teach his young friend a few tried-and-true tricks. But Bonkers doesn't want to sit or stay or fetch. He'd rather shred the curtains or terrorize the goldfish. Luckily, Cat knows all about cat things-like stretching, pouncing, and landing on his feet. But even with lessons, can a good dog really teach a bad cat how to behave?

No matter which animal they prefer, all readers will love the silliness that ensues when this big dog and sweet (but naughty!) kitten go head to head.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In his third outing, Bobo, having held on to the good habits he learned in How to Be a Good Dog, volunteers to care for a neighbor’s rambunctious kitten. Bobo soon learns that “Bonkers wasn’t just very cute, he was also very... naughty!” His efforts to reform Bonkers fall flat, and it’s up to Bobo’s friend Cat to explain the truth of his species to Bobo (“Lesson #1: Cats are sneaky. You never see them coming”). The story line is slight, but Page conveys Bobo’s earnest personality with understated humor and grace. Ages 3–6. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Bobo is Mrs. Birdhead's dog who likes to be helpful. This time, he volunteers to watch over Mr. Hiccup's kitten, Bonkers. Bobo is in for a surprise when he finds out how mischievous the young kitten is. Bonkers plays with the roll of toilet paper, he claws the furniture, and he climbs up the curtains. Bobo decides to help the kitten be a good cat by teaching it tricks like sit, fetch, and stay; however, his plan to teach dog commands to the kitten does not succeed. Next, Bobo asks for help from a cat expert and he receives several lessons about cat behavior. Bobo learns, for instance, that cats like to be clean and they like to climb; he applies the cat behaviors while Bonkers is in his care. The color illustrations are humorous and they provide additional information to the theme that cats are different from dogs. Readers who enjoy Bobo's earlier adventures, How to Be a Good Dog and Bobo and the New Neighbor, will continue to be entertained with this story. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
Gr 2—Bobo is a good dog. He likes to be helpful, so he eagerly volunteers to watch Mr. Hiccup's kitten. Bonkers is awfully cute, but he is also extremely naughty. He doesn't fetch or obey any commands, and seems interested only in destroying the house. Bobo needs professional help. To know a cat is to master a cat, and to understand Bonkers, he must learn what a cat is good at, like being sneaky or being stretchy. Once he learns that, he and Bonkers reach a mutual understanding and become fast friends. Simple, fresh, and funny, this humorous picture book is a keeper. Page's illustrations are adorable, and the images of Bobo's attempts to mimic Bonkers are laugh-out-loud funny, particularly the one of Bonkers doing yoga. Appropriate for storytime or one-on-one sharing, this book shines.—C. J. Connor, Campbell County Public Library, Cold Spring, KY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599904740
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
11/08/2011
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

GAIL PAGE is a fine artist and textile designer whose work has been exhibited in shows and galleries throughout the Northeast. She has painted murals in hospitals and orphanages. She is also the author of the first two Bobo books.

www.gailpage.com

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