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Splat the Cat

Splat the Cat

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by Rob Scotton

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A brand-new character from Rob Scotton, bestselling author of Russell the Sheep.

This NOOK Kids Read and Play book features narration, animation and interactivity. Kids can choose to hear the story read aloud and play activities on select pages of the book. Animations replay with a simple tap. Plus, kids can tap to enlarge text and pinch & stretch to zoom in on


A brand-new character from Rob Scotton, bestselling author of Russell the Sheep.

This NOOK Kids Read and Play book features narration, animation and interactivity. Kids can choose to hear the story read aloud and play activities on select pages of the book. Animations replay with a simple tap. Plus, kids can tap to enlarge text and pinch & stretch to zoom in on pictures.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Working in the same edgy style of his Russell the Sheep books, Scotton once again wrests new opportunities for humor from a well-worn theme, this time training his sights on first-day-of-school anxiety. Right away the art signals off-kilter: using a predominantly blue-gray palette, enlivened by only one or two contrast colors per page, Scotton evokes the black cat Splat in almost 3D renderings, the cat's hairs seemingly standing on edge, eyes bulging apprehensively as he contemplates his first appearance at Cat School. For courage, Splat secretly brings along his pet mouse, Seymour, and is astounded when the day's lesson includes the news that cats chase mice (to Splat's multiple "Why?"s, the teacher offers a finite "Because"). Naturally, everything works out before the dismissal bell rings, but not before a chase sequence guaranteed to bring down the house. Rambunctious, filled with superbly executed details (look for Seymour when Splat pulls his mildly sheer sheets over his head), this book not only gets its job done, it completely transcends its agenda. Ages 3-7. (July)

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Children's Literature - Naomi Butler
It is Splat's first day of school and he is worried. What if he does not make any new friends? Just in case, he brings along his pet mouse, Seymour, and hides him in his lunchbox. The teacher introduces Splat to the class and soon starts learning all his important cat lessons. When Seymour escapes and the cats do what cats do, he is afraid that he will lose all of his friends. Just in time, wise Mrs. Wimpydimple takes charge and teaches everyone an important new lesson. Cat school is probably going to be okay after all. What a neat way to address that beginning-of-school fear that most children have. The pictures are fantastic! Parents and teachers will have a great time with the funny text and illustrations. Check out other Scotten books: Russell the Sheep, Russell and the Lost Treasure. They are great for story programs and for gifts too. Reviewer: Naomi Butler
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2- Fans of Scotton's Russell the Sheep will immediately recognize the offbeat humor in Splat the Cat . The fuzzy black feline is worried about his first day of school, and despite determined attempts to avoid the inevitable, he ends up there. School is a combination of fantastic revelations and baffling mysteries. Most puzzling of all for Splat is the news that cats chase mice. He does not chase mice. In fact, he has a pet mouse whom he has packed in his lunchbox because he wants a friend with him on his first day. The sight of the mouse causes chaos, but proves fortuitous when Seymour saves the day by crawling through a small hole to unlock the milk pantry. Cheered by the fact that school is, in fact, wonderful, Splat excitedly returns on the second day. This lighthearted story, told with a generous helping of humor and goofy characterizations, will have broad appeal. The backgrounds are full of great details, like the fish-bone wallpaper in Splat's room and one of his classmates clutching a Russell the Sheep doll. There is something new to find with each reading. The use of monochrome in the illustrations, with a touch of color here and there, emphasizes the idea of school as a place of uniformity where fresh ideas are allowed to break through. Splat is a welcome addition to the first-day-jitters canon and a fun book to read any time of year.-Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA

Kirkus Reviews
Splat is terrified of his first day at Cat School and "his tail wiggle[s] wildly with worry." He'll need a friend, so he takes his pet mouse Seymour with him. Mrs. Wimpydimple covers lots of territory in class: Self-esteem ("Cats are amazing") is followed by nature ("Cats climb trees, drink mild, and chase mice"). Chaos ensues when Seymour jumps out of Splat's bright yellow lunch box and the "cats [do] what cats do." Their savvy teacher saves the day-and Seymour. By day two, Splat's "tail wiggle[s] wildly . . . with excitement." Primary colors, especially red, brighten the modern palette of black, gray and moody blues and greens. Humorous touches in the highly textured illustrations delight: Splat's mouse slippers sit beside his bed, and fishbone wallpaper lines his walls. From the blackboard lessons to the store-window signs advertising white chocolate mice, jelly fish and fish cakes, environmental print creates visual interest. Splat himself is a hoot with his spindly legs, flyaway fur and highly expressive tail. Sure to stir things up at storytime. (Picture book. 3-8)
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Splat is the cat scared silly by the very thought of going to his first day of Cat School. He procrastinates like crazy: "I don't have any clean socks, Mom," "You don't wear socks" she replies. Hangs on to gates and lamp posts; clings to his mother like a limpet until thrust into the formidable arms and bosom of Mrs. Wimpydimple, his teacher. Then he is welcomed by his new classmates. Then his pet mouse escapes from his lunchbox...Rob Scotten has obviously produced a book that should be required reading for all pre-schoolers. Now Splat returns in a new multi-media package from Weston Woods, giving youngsters lots more options to enjoy Splat's agony and ecstasy. They can listen to the story as narrated on a CD (with and without page-turning prompts,) or watch Weston Wood's animated version of the story—including an interview with Rob Scotten—via DVD. They could also eschew all that and return to the original glories of Scotton's storybook in and of itself. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
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Splat the Cat Series
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File size:
10 MB
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Rob Scotton is the bestselling author and illustrator of Splat the Cat; Love, Splat; Merry Christmas, Splat; Scaredy-Cat, Splat!; Russell the Sheep; Russell and the Lost Treasure; and Russell’s Christmas Magic. His work can also be found on greeting cards, ceramics, textiles, prints, stationery, and glassware. An honors graduate of Leicester Polytechnic, Rob now lives in Rutland, England, with his wife, Liz, who is also an artist.

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Splat the Cat 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 235 reviews.
teachu2 More than 1 year ago
I first bought this book for my 4 year old niece. She made me read it to her right at the book fair before we even paid for it. I had to make up this scratchy voice for Splat. I took it to school a few days later to read to my 2nd graders. They loved the voice I made up for Spat! I love this book and will read it over and over to my niece....Splat the Cat is one of my new favorite characters! Thanks!!!
Kristin Morton More than 1 year ago
Have the nook color, love this book. The illustrations are beautiful and its a very cute book. The animations are awesome too..
hmcphillips More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful discovery! The moment that my daughter and I saw Splat on the book store shelf, we knew that we had to take him home with us. Splat looks like he has the stuff to become a great children's literature character. The illustrations are mezmerizing, the story is engaging, and the lesson was perfect for my preschooler. We read it over and over. We can't wait for the next book and are thrilled to know that one is on the way.
biondina More than 1 year ago
Great story about the anxiety of the first day of school. Wonderful Rob Scotton illustrations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kids love this book it reads to them and they get to play games on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome on Nook the interactive features keep my daughter entertained. and the voice for the read to me is a cute slightly british sounding.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am in 4th grade and at my school every mounth we read to kindergardeners and all if them LOVE splat the cat and i am 10 and i love Splat!!!!! I also lovvve how you get to draw on the white board or is it the other book i only got the sample
Kenneth Moore More than 1 year ago
My daughter really likes this series. And loves the "read to me" feature. Jusr wish the stories weee a little longer for the price. A tad pricey!
Todd Sparger More than 1 year ago
Adorable book... but why can't they just have a version without interaction for a lot cheaper?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Splat is my favrit carter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i luv it
Marty Russo More than 1 year ago
Yes, its worth it! Very fun to read, lots of giggles from my five year old. Story really comes alive on your nook. Awesome
C Madson More than 1 year ago
my brother loves it but i cant buy it cuz its 15 bucks
nook_readerRM More than 1 year ago
My son loves this book and really enjoys the movement on each page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story. Not as interactive as other read-to- me books, but they love to read it . A favorite!
DKruk More than 1 year ago
"Splat the Cat" is such a great little story- my 4 yr old son and I love reading it together and "Love, Splat" is another one to check out too- great for Valentines! Highly recommended!
NOOK_Junky More than 1 year ago
My 3yr old son loves this book especially the interactive parts!
David Foltz More than 1 year ago
Love the stories with this cute character. The read to me feature rocks!
Cheryl Vinson More than 1 year ago
Funny book
Deborah Davidson More than 1 year ago
Cool and fane
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tracy bush More than 1 year ago
My 3 year old loves this story. Helped out with his 1st day of pre-school. Not too long.
Sheila Wallace More than 1 year ago
ColinsMama More than 1 year ago
Great book and the play function is really fun! Each screen you can tap Splat, the teacher or mouse to do a small animation. On 3ish pages there are play functions - a star is at the top of those pages. Probably not as good as the 'Going to bed' ap (for 1/3rd the price) but still very enjoyable and i cant wait for more play books!