Valentine Cat

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State-award star Ann Whitehead Nagda returns with another companion to Dear Whiskers. When fourth-grader Jenny must give away her cat, Munchkin, her friends offer to take him. But Munchkin is too messy for Susan's family, and hides under the bed all the time at Richard's house. Jenny worries Munchkin will have to live with a stranger, but then her teacher says he can stay at the school temporarily. But Munchkin can't stay out of trouble—when the class has a pet party on Valentine's Day, he causes chaos! Jenny ...

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Overview

State-award star Ann Whitehead Nagda returns with another companion to Dear Whiskers. When fourth-grader Jenny must give away her cat, Munchkin, her friends offer to take him. But Munchkin is too messy for Susan's family, and hides under the bed all the time at Richard's house. Jenny worries Munchkin will have to live with a stranger, but then her teacher says he can stay at the school temporarily. But Munchkin can't stay out of trouble—when the class has a pet party on Valentine's Day, he causes chaos! Jenny wants Munchkin to live at the school permanently—but is he too much for her school to handle?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennie DeGenaro
A fourth grader named Jenny loves her cat, Munchkin, very much. But her little brother has asthma, and Jenny's parents tell her that she must give Munchkin away. Jenny tries to find a good home for Munchkin, but none of them work out. Finally, her teacher allows Jenny to bring Munchkin to school for two weeks. However, he must behave. Munchkin is mischievous, and Jenny is worried. She is afraid he won't be allowed to stay. Luckily, the students find Munchkin to be funny and relaxing. The teacher, Mrs. Steele, is thought of as a "dream teacher" by parents and students alike. She teaches a lesson about newspaper work, and students write feature, editorial and hard news stories mainly about pets. Reading about their newspaper techniques should be instructive to readers of this book. The class plans a Valentine's Day party to include pets. Since Munchkin has become a favorite with students, the librarian allows Jenny to place a Valentine box in the library for Munchkin. He receives many happy and sweet valentine messages. Jennie still worries Munchkin won't be allowed to stay, and she won't be able to see him every day. But when Munchkin catches some mice, the principal and teachers welcome Munchkin as a school asset. Children will enjoy and learn from reading this humorous and wholesome book. There are four companion books to The Valentine Cat. Reviewer: Jennie DeGenaro
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4

Nagda and Roth add to their series of pet-themed beginning chapter books. When her brother develops asthma, fourth-grader Jenny must find a new home for her cat. She gives Munchkin to two different friends, but the feline isn't happy at either house. Jenny's teacher agrees to allow the animal to stay at school for two weeks until the child can make other arrangements. Munchkin seems comfortable there but keeps causing trouble, knocking over a flowerpot and a cricket cage. Jenny's class is having a pet party for Valentine's Day, and she hopes that Munchkin can behave himself enough to win over everyone-especially the principal-and become the official school cat. A subplot has the students learning about writing newspaper articles. Reluctant readers will enjoy the simple yet fast-paced, humorous text. Amusing black-and-white cartoons depict the action. A great choice for newly independent readers or as a classroom share-aloud.-Michele Sealander, Hamburg School, NJ

Kirkus Reviews
As Valentine's Day approaches in Mrs. Steele's fourth-grade classroom, Jenny finds herself preoccupied with a looming catastrophe of her own: Little brother Toby's asthma has forced the eviction of her beloved cat. Munchkin doesn't like Richard's dog, Susan's mother doesn't like Munchkin; in desperation, Jenny suggests that he live at school for a couple of weeks in the hope that Mrs. Steele will fall in love and take him home. Nagda and Roth again (The Perfect Cat-Sitter, 2007, etc.) present chapter-book readers with a solid story. Jenny's emotional upheaval and schoolwork travails are entirely realistic and sympathetic, and Munchkin is a fully realized character that kids will root for, along with Jenny. (Fiction. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823421237
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Pages: 119
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Whitehead Nagda is the author of many popular chapter books. She lives in Colorado.

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