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Scat, Cats!

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These cats are too playful, so they are sent outside. But the clever kitties find a way to sneak back into the house. They claw the chair and fly through the air, swing from the chandelier and raid the refrigerator-making a big mess and a lot of noise. Finally the cats' owners succeed in sending them away, and this time they stay away. Now the house is very quiet. It is too quiet. Will the cats ever come back? Lively art brimming with adorable, rambunctious cats and charming details perfectly complements the ...
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Overview

These cats are too playful, so they are sent outside. But the clever kitties find a way to sneak back into the house. They claw the chair and fly through the air, swing from the chandelier and raid the refrigerator-making a big mess and a lot of noise. Finally the cats' owners succeed in sending them away, and this time they stay away. Now the house is very quiet. It is too quiet. Will the cats ever come back? Lively art brimming with adorable, rambunctious cats and charming details perfectly complements the humorous, simple, rhyming text.

Cats cause so much trouble in a house that they are shooed away--and then missed!

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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
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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.
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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670892792
  • Publisher: Viking
  • Publication date: 7/23/2001
  • Series: Penguin Young Readers Level 2 Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Holub

The reason I'm a children's book author/illustrator today is that I have a lot of determination. I practiced drawing and revised my stories over and over because I wanted nothing more than to do what I'm doing now—writing and illustrating children's books.

I always knew I'd become an artist and studied art in college in Texas. After graduating from college, I became an Art Director at a graphic design firm. I moved from Texas to New York to work in children's publishing. I got a job as Associate Art Director in children's books at Scholastic, where I designed books and enjoyed working with editors and illustrators. This was excellent experience.

I illustrated my first children's book in 1992 and soon began illustrating full time. I had always written stories, but I began completing manuscripts and mailing them out to publishers in the early 1990's. In 1996, I sold my first two manuscripts — Boo Who? (Scholastic) and Pen Pals (Grosset & Dunlap) — both published in 1997.

Now I write and illustrate full time. It is a great job. When I think of a idea, I write it down so that whenever I finish one story I'll have a bunch of ideas waiting that I can begin working on next. I especially love reading and writing funny stories, weird stories, and animal stories.

Books I've written and illustrated include:

Cinderdog and the Wicked Stepcat Albert Whitman, 2001 (ages 4-8, picture book)
Abby Cadabra, Super Speller, Grosset & Dunlap, 2000 (ages 6-8, easy reader)
How to Find Lost Treasure in All Fifty States and Canada, Too Aladdin, 2000 (ages 8-12, NF)
The Haunted States of America Aladdin, 2001 (ages 8-12, NF)
Vincent Van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars, 2001 Grosset & Dunlap (ages 6-9, NF)
Happy Monster Day! Scholastic,1999
Pen Pals Grosset & Dunlap, 1997 (ages 6-8, easy reader)
Ivy Green, Cootie Queen Troll, 1998 (ages 7-9)
Red, Yellow, Green What Do Signs Mean? Scholastic, 1998 (ages 4-8)
Boo Who? A Spooky Lift-the-Flap Book Scholastic, 1997 (ages 1-6)
Eek-A-Boo! A Spooky Lift-the-Flap Book Scholastic, 2000 (ages 1-6)

Books I've written include:

I Have A Weird Brother Who Digested A Fly, Albert Whitman, 1999 (picture book)
Light the Candles, A Hanukkah Lift the Flap Book, Puffin, 2000
The Garden That We Grew Viking/Puffin, 2001(ages 4-7, easy reader)
The Pizza That We Made Viking/Puffin, 2001(ages 4-7, easy reader)
Scat Cats! Viking/Puffin, 2001(ages 4-7, easy reader)
Backwards Day, Scholastic, 2000
Why Do Dogs Bark? Puffin, 2001(ages 6-8, easy reader)
Why Do Cats Meow? Puffin, 2001(ages 6-8, easy reader)
The Spooky Sleepover, Grosset & Dunlap, 1999 (ages 6-8, easy reader)
Pajama Party Grosset & Dunlap, 1998 (ages 4-7, easy reader)
Space Dogs on Planet K-9 Troll, 1998 (ages 7-10)

Books I've illustrated include:

Breakout at the Bug Lab Dial, 2001(ages 6-8, easy reader)
Hector's Hiccups Random House, 1999
Shadows Everywhere Scholastic, 1999
Hot Cha-Cha! Winslow Press
No Fair! Scholastic, Hello Math
The 100th Day of School Scholastic
Ten Little Ballerinas Grosset & Dunlap
I Love You Mom Troll
I Love You Dad Troll
My First Book of Sign Language Troll

Answers to questions people sometimes ask me:

1. Where do you get your ideas?

I get ideas many different ways. Sometimes, ideas just pop into my head. I also listen to and watch the people around me for ideas. I read to get ideas. I daydream to get ideas. When I get an idea, I write it down in an idea notebook, so I won't forget it. I think ideas are the easy part of writing. I get lots of ideas for books all the time. Developing them into a book with a beginning, middle and end is the difficult, time-consuming part. The idea is important, but an idea isn't a book until it has been developed into a story that works as a whole from start to finish.

2. When and why did you decide to become an author and artist?

I've been writing and reading stories all of my life. I didn't concentrate on writing children's books until around 1990. In 1991, I began regularly submitting manuscripts to publishers.I began writing because I had story ideas that I thought would make good books. I've always known I would become an artist—ever since kindergarten.

3. Why don't you illustrate all of the books you write?

I haven't had time to illustrate all of the books I write, but I've usually been very happy with the work of the illustrators who have illustrated my books. I wasn't happy with the art in a couple of books, but I don't think it's fair to try and control the artist, so I keep out of the artist's way as much as possible. I continue to illustrate books by other authors as well. I have just as much fun illustrating a book written by someone else as I do illustrating books I write. As long as the story is good, illustrating it is fun.

4. Did you like school when you were a kid?

Most of the time. I got bored during the summer, so I was glad when school started. I loved getting a new lunchbox and choosing what I would wear the first day. But then after about 2 weeks of school, I wished for summer again. I like to read and I made good grades, so school was mostly fun for me.

5. How do you develop your characters and plot?

I've usually already decided on a main charater and 1/4 to 3/4 of a plot before I start writing a story. I just write and work out the rest of the characters and plot as I go along. I have a college art degree, but have no formal training as a writer. I learn the rhythm and structure of stories by reading books and thinking about how they are structured. I also read instructional books about how to write.

6. What is your favorite part about writing? Why?

Getting an idea; finishing a book manuscript; getting an offer from a publisher; and seeing my book in a store are all big thrills. The process of writing is not always fun. But I'm driven to write, and time flies when I'm writing.

7. How hard has it been to get your works published?

It was hard to sell the first manuscript. Then in 1996, I suddenly sold three manuscripts in three months to Grosset & Dunlap and Scholastic.

8. What are your favorite books besides the one(s) you have written?

Spaceship Under the Apple Tree; Martha Speaks; The Giving Tree; A Friend for Dragon; Chrysanthemum; Ruby the Copycat; Marvin Redpost—Is He A Girl?

9. What do you look for in a good book?

Something I think is funny or a feeling I can strongly identify with. A good idea and a memorable plot and characters.

10. Do you have kids or pets? Hobbies?

No kids, but we do have a great cat, who thinks he's our child. For hobbies, I like to hike, bikeride, and read.

Rich Davis lives with his wife, Angie, and two sons, Daniel and David, in a small Arkansas town.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2003

    Pesky and Yet Lovable Cats

    This is a wonderful first reader. My six year old and I couldn't stop laughing. My son usually hesitates to read because of all the decoding that has to be done when you are first learning to read. I have to say that with this book he was self motivated to read. We checked this book out from the library, but I quickly decided we must purchase a copy for ourselves. This is definately a keeper. Hats off to the writer and the very talented illustrator.

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