Perfect Cat-Sitter

Perfect Cat-Sitter

by 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

Overview

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?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Monserrat Urena
Susan likes to help and considers herself a very capable person. When Rana's family must leave for India, she takes on the responsibility of taking care of the family pets. Susan soon learns that there is no such thing as perfect. Mistakes are normal and they can help you grow. This is a very sweet story about learning that mistakes are a part of life. This book functions in a safe environment where adults are both caring and capable. The children are healthy, exacting souls who live securely in their daily environment of home and school. The central conflict of the story is Susan's belief that she is perfect. This is, however, untrue. No one is perfect and Susan learns this through the many difficulties that arise from taking care of a neighbor's pets. This book also carefully illustrates the importance of responsibility, but the stakes and the consequences are not life-threatening. The only "violence" in the book is when a secondary character falls out of a tree attempting to take Christmas lights off of a deer's antlers. The child reader is subsequently informed that this is a dangerous thing to do and that they should refrain from approaching a wild animal. The child reader is also shown, with realistic detail, the not so pleasant results of feeding a cat the wrong kind of food. This is a safe and reassuring book about growing through our mistakes. Reviewer: Monserrat Urena
School Library Journal

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

Kirkus Reviews
This fourth book about the fourth-graders in Mrs. Steele's class finds Rana rushing off with her family just before the Christmas holiday to take care of her grandfather who's had a heart attack in India. Class smarty Susan volunteers to cat-sit and gets a lot more than she bargains for. While in school, the class makes their own travel brochures for trips to India, and at Rana's, Susan deals with Tiger's antics of catness: escaping in the snow, throwing up, hiding in the drier and trying for a fishy snack in the goldfish bowl. An accident while attempting to rescue a deer from Christmas lights results in a broken arm for Richard, and two newly closer friends for Susan, who also learns that perfection is not necessary to a job well done. Roth's pencil-and-wash, black-and-white illustrations at key moments of the story are a nice addition. On the whole, a delightfully realistic early-chapter book that will be welcomed by fans of the first three. (Fiction 7-11)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823421121
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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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