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What Was That? (Splat the Cat Series)

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Splat the Cat and his friends have a Halloween adventure in Splat the Cat: What Was That?, a  lift-the-flap book by Rob Scotton, creator of the beloved Russell the Sheep.

Halloween should be a black cat’s favorite holiday, but Spat the Cat is nervous about visiting a creepy haunted house. He’s worried it will be too scary. Splat’s friend Spike tells Splat not to be a scaredy-cat—the haunted house is just ...

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Overview

Splat the Cat and his friends have a Halloween adventure in Splat the Cat: What Was That?, a  lift-the-flap book by Rob Scotton, creator of the beloved Russell the Sheep.

Halloween should be a black cat’s favorite holiday, but Spat the Cat is nervous about visiting a creepy haunted house. He’s worried it will be too scary. Splat’s friend Spike tells Splat not to be a scaredy-cat—the haunted house is just for fun!

Splat and Spike’s visit to the haunted house turns into a rescue mission when Splat’s pet mouse, Seymour, gets lost inside.
Kids will relate to Splat’s apprehension about visiting a haunted house and they’ll enjoy the exciting surprises under every flap in the funny, spooky book.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Splat and Spike have just one more house to hit up on Halloween night—the spooky one. Unfortunately, their mouse friend Seymour hightails it inside, leaving Splat and Spike to navigate the cobweb-strewn corridors of the old house. Large flaps on nearly every page lift to reveal the innocuous objects behind the scary-looking shapes and shadows as the two freaked-out kitties search for their errant friend. Though the three friends leave the house safe and sound (the ghosts and vampire ducks they do find basically leave them alone), Scotton provides just enough scares to keep readers on edge. Ages 4–8. (Aug.)
Kirkus Reviews
Only the most avid fans of Splat the Cat will cheer for this lift-the-flap Halloween story. Cats Splat and Spike and their mouse friend, Seymour, have finished trick-or-treating except for one last house. Splat thinks it looks too scary, and Spike may have agreed, but Seymour runs right up to the seemingly haunted place. Every page of this book except for the first has a flap that opens either right, left, up or down. Such interactive features usually add an entertaining, interactive element to a story. Unfortunately, these flaps seem arbitrary rather than carefully planned to present a surprise; they are also not easily designed for young hands to intuitively manipulate. The story, though slim, consists of the two cats' search for Seymour. As they go through the house, ghosts flit about, a spider casts a menacing shadow on the wall, and they come to a secret room full of vampire ducks. Odd sounds that gurgle, grumble, groan and "ker-klunk" add to the creepy gloom and grow increasingly louder. The reveal, however, is as anticlimactic as the flaps. Given Splat's popularity and the potential of a haunted house, this lackluster effort is a real disappointment. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061978630
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/23/2013
  • Series: Splat the Cat Series
  • Pages: 12
  • Sales rank: 121,524
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD300L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Rob Scotton

Rob Scotton is the bestselling author and illustrator of Russell the Sheep; Splat the Cat; Love, Splat; Merry Christmas, Splat; Scaredy-Cat, Splat!; Splish, Splash, Splat!; Secret Agent Splat!; and Splat Says Thank You! 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.

Rob Scotton is the bestselling author and illustrator of Russell the Sheep; Splat the Cat; Love, Splat; Merry Christmas, Splat; Scaredy-Cat, Splat!; Splish, Splash, Splat!; Secret Agent Splat!; and Splat Says Thank You! 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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