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Scat, Cats! (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
     

Scat, Cats! (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Joan Holub
 

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Clever, playful kitties that make a ruckus inside the house are sent outside, only to be dearly missed by their owners who now find that the house is too quiet. Simultaneous.

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Clever, playful kitties that make a ruckus inside the house are sent outside, only to be dearly missed by their owners who now find that the house is too quiet. Simultaneous.

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Children's Literature
The house is overrun with cats. White, gray, striped, calico, they are everywhere! A young boy and girl do their best to chase them away, but those frisky cats keep finding ways to get back into the house. They claw the furniture and mess up the rooms with their antics. When they are gone, the kids seem a bit dismayed--they really do enjoy having them play and keeping them cozy on the sofa and while snuggled in bed. The cats, however, are still up to too many tricks, as the last page clearly shows. Kids will laugh, but woe to those like this reviewer who sneeze whenever those cute little creatures are near. Don't miss the little cats and their antics on the title and dedication pages. This is a Viking Easy-to-Read, Level 1 book. 2001, The Penguin Group, $13.99 and $3.99. Ages 4 to 7. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-In simple and predictable verse, Holub describes what happens when a household is overrun by invading felines. They run through the house wreaking pure havoc on couches, flowers, lamps, and anything else they can get their paws on. Soon, however, all of the cats are shooed out, but the two children begin to miss them and set out on a search. Once the creatures are found, the siblings realize the virtues of having them in the house. So, too, do the cats begin to appreciate the joys of human companionship. While the text seems to project the benign mischief, the illustrations draw a less clear portrayal. According to Davis's watercolors, the cats are attempting to trip a child, spill food, and damage furniture-not the sort of behavior that warrants an invite back into a house. The pictures themselves are nicely detailed. However, the pale yellow, teal, and brick orange used appear washed out and don't suit the frenetic commotion taking place. With its easy vocabulary and rhyming verse, Scat, Cats! is well suited for beginning readers. Nevertheless, with few surprises and a general lack of characterization, it falls short on creativity. Readers will find little enjoyment in the destructive actions of these cats and find a bit unbelievable the children's change of heart.-Louie Lahana, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A marauding band of neighborhood cats of every color invades the house of a red-haired little girl and her tow-headed brother in this amusing easy reader from the talented Holub (The Garden That We Grew, below, etc.). The frolicking felines wreak havoc throughout the house before the children shoo them out, but then the house is a little too quiet and lonely, so the kids invite the cats back to stay under more controlled circumstances. The satisfying conclusion shows the kitties curled up asleep all over the children's bedroom: "Fat cats purr all day. Our cats here to stay." Holub uses patterned sentence structures, with rollicking rhythm, rhyming couplets, and repetition of key words providing lots of help for new readers. Delightfully loose watercolors by Davis (Tiny Goes to the Library, not reviewed, etc.) add humorous details and plenty of action, while providing picture clues and exact picture-to-text match. Thoughtful art direction varies the placement of text (appropriate for a reader at the 1.9 level) and encourages left to right flow across the pages. A model for the genre: a funny, satisfying story with solid educational underpinnings. A first choice for most libraries. (Easy reader. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613356206
Publisher:
Turtleback Books
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Series:
Penguin Young Readers Level 2 Series
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile:
BR (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 7 Years

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