Perfect Cat-Sitterby Ann Whitehead Nagda, Stephanie Roth, Stephanie Roth
When Rana's family has to leave for India, Susan promises to look after their pets. She just knows she'll make the perfect cat-sitter. But things don't go exactly according to plan: Tiger the cat gets sick, a deer gets stuck in the Christmas lights, and her friend Richard gets hurt trying to help her! And then Tiger goes missing. How is Susan ever going to get things right?
Gr 3-4- Rana and her family are going to India over the Christmas holiday, and Susan has been asked to care for the pets, refill the bird feeders, and water the plants. During the family's absence, the cat ends up in the drier, the goldfish is almost lost to the kitty, and Susan's friend breaks his arm trying to untangle Christmas lights from the antlers of a deer in Rana's backyard. Overall, though, Susan does a fine job and learns that sometimes doing your best is all that matters. An effective secondary story involves a class assignment about international travel, which may spark an interest in time zones or maps of the world. This early chapter book is similar in format to Nagda and Roth's Tarantula Power! (Holiday House, 2007) and features returning characters. Full-page and spot illustrations are scattered throughout. An appealing and humorous tale.-Jennifer Cogan, Bucks County Free Library, Doylestown, PA
Meet the Author
Ann Whitehead Nagda is the author of the popular chapter books Dear Whiskers, a Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List title; Meow Means Mischief, a Land of Enchantment Book Award Master List title; and her latest, Tarantula Power!, all companion titles to The Perfect Cat-Sitter. In a starred review, School Library Journal called Dear Whiskers "a great choice for newly independent readers." She lives in Colorado.
Stephanie Roth is the illustrator of Dear Whiskers and Colleen O'Shaughnessy McKenna's Third Grade series. Kirkus Reviews has praised her artwork as "delightful and emotional." She lives on the California coast.
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