Let's Say Hi to Friends Who Fly! (Cat the Cat Series)

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Cat the Cat sure likes her flying 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 flying 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.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

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
The same sort of gentle, surprise ending found in Cat the Cat, Who Is That? (2010) comes into play in this second offering about Willems's new feline character. In this title, Cat the Cat cheers on her friends Bee the Bee, Bird the Bird and Bat the Bat as they show off their flying skills. When she encounters Rhino the Rhino (astride a bouncing pigeon playground toy), Cat the Cat and her winged friends are a bit dubious that he can fly as well. "Watch me!" he says confidently, and a page turn reveals Rhino the Rhino piloting a zippy red plane. This looks like too much fun to resist, so Cat the Cat grabs onto the tail of the plane and zooms through the air calling out, "Let's ALL fly!"-and they do. The author has achieved another triumph in this new picture-book series, which also has all of the hallmarks of accessible, engaging beginning-reader fare as well. (Picture book/early reader. 2-7)
Children's Literature - Kristy Lyn Sutorius
Willems's new series of easy readers features a wide-eyed kitty cat named Cat, who will prove to be a most adorable heroine in books to come. Cat meets her pals on the playground and challenges them to demonstrate their flying prowess. Bee buzzes around the swingset. Bird, who looks like he might more specifically be called "Duck," soars out of the sandbox. Bat, who dangles from the jungle gym, shows Cat how he can dive and spin circles around her. When the group comes across Rhino, they are surprised that he too can fly, albeit in an airplane. Everyone is invited to join Rhino in the air, and it is only Cat about which readers will worry, as she hangs precariously from the rear of the plane. Cat and her friendly gang of flappers have a lightness that is perhaps more superficial than the "Elephant and Piggie" series, but it is perfect for kids who are jumping from pre-literacy skills to sight words. After a while, even new readers may tire of the repetition of the animals' names, but it is all distinctly Willems and it s difficult to get enough of him or his lovable characters. If Bat the Bat does not steal readers hearts, nothing will. Reviewer: Kristy Lyn Sutorius
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061728426
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/16/2010
  • Series: Cat the Cat Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 317,066
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • 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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