Three More Stories You Can Read to Your Cat

Three More Stories You Can Read to Your Cat

by True Kelley, Sara Swan Miller

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Kids and kitties will be happy to cozy up
for these comical adventures starring a cat
with attitude. Ideal for newly independent
readers and cat lovers everywhere.  See more details below


Kids and kitties will be happy to cozy up
for these comical adventures starring a cat
with attitude. Ideal for newly independent
readers and cat lovers everywhere.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Another excellent book in a consistently entertaining series." —Booklist, ALA
Publishers Weekly
The follow-up to Three Stories You Can Read to Your Cat, Three More Stories You Can Read to Your Cat by Sara Swan Miller, illus. by True Kelley, highlights scenes every cat-loving kid will recognize. Kitty plays with wrapping paper instead of presents in "Happy Birthday" and "Funny White Stuff" finds him begging to play in the snow (then pleading to come back inside). (Mar.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
A Read-Aloud Handbook for felines, the sequel to Three Stories You Can Read to Your Cat is every bit as funny as the original. Each of the three stories, told in the pronominal you, is a cat's fantasy. In "Happy Birthday," the cat's favorite present turns out to be the wrapping paper. In the second tale, snow seems like wonderful stuff to play in until the cat actually goes outside in it. And while the cat's friend in "Breakfast Time" thinks the cat is annoying, the cat has a great time amusing himself balling up the rug and whacking marbles until breakfast. Then, in typical cat fashion, he is too tired to eat after all that activity. True Kelley's watercolor and ink illustrations hilariously capture the cat's moods. The expressive poses and faces are purr-fect. Anyone who has ever stuffed a cat into a doll dress will appreciate the spread where the main character suffers the indignity of having to wear the birthday sweater. Libraries across the nation are sponsoring read-to-your-pet programs to boost literacy and promote bonding with an animal. This book is an excellent choice for the chapter book set to read to their own pet as well as cat lovers of all ages. 2002, Houghton Mifflin,
— Candice Ransom
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-A worthy successor to the much-loved Three Stories You Can Read to Your Cat (Houghton, 1997). Miller is a master at creating tales that effectively portray the true personality of a feline. With themes of birthday presents, snow, and feeding time, the stories are told from the cat's point of view. Laced with humor, the book is sure to delight children. Although the title and introduction suggest one should settle down with a feline to read the book, non-cat owners will easily savor the fun. Kelley's illustrations portray the lovable pet in all kinds of moods and provide picture clues for the text. A "purr-fect" selection for beginning-reader collections.-Anne Knickerbocker, Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Miller and Kelley (Three Stories You Can Read to Your Cat, not reviewed, etc.) return with what has become a solidly entertaining formula for children in transition from early readers to chapter books. A second-person text addresses its protagonist, the cat of the title, as it makes its way with feline superiority through three chapters. In "Happy Birthday," the cat's well-meaning owner presents a series of wholly unacceptable gifts—but the rustling wrapping paper makes a big hit. The "Funny White Stuff" turns out to be much more appealing from inside the window than outside, and "Breakfast Time" itself is anticlimactic compared to the fun of waking one's owner. The gently ironic text always preserves the cat's-eye view—"A nap was much more interesting than a dead mouse"—and the energetic ink-and-watercolor illustrations continue this conceit by picturing the cat's human as only a set of hands or a pair of "clumping" feet. The illustrations vary nicely in size and placement, at all times keeping the text from overwhelming the newly independent reader, and capturing their subject in all moods, from disgruntlement to playfulness to full supine glory. Cat-owning children will instantly recognize the true dynamic of the relationship, and all children should enjoy the good humor that pervades this offering, which instructs readers in the introduction: "remember to pet your cat while you read." (Easy reader. 6-9)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

True Kelley has illustrated many books for children, including Stay! Keeper's Story by Lois Lowry. She lives with children's author Steven Lindblom and their daughter, Jada, in Warner, New Hampshire.

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