What's Your Sound, Hound the Hound? (Cat the Cat Series)

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Join spunky Cat the Cat as she introduces the very youngest readers to her world, where a surprise is waiting in every book.

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Overview

Join spunky Cat the Cat as she introduces the very youngest readers to her world, where a surprise is waiting in every book.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Set on a soft green background are Cat the Cat and friends as they happily prepare for a tea party. As the characters all help with the preparations, Cat approaches each one to learn its sound. Cat asks Hound the Houndabout his sound, and Hound responds with woofs. Cat poses the same question to Chick the Chick, who answers with a peep, Cow the Cow, of course, replies with a moo. An awkward situation comes up, however, when Cat asks Bunny the Bunny, who has no response. Bunny is embarrassed. The characters seem to realize that not everyone is the same, and they resolve the situation by accepting the differences with a group hug for Bunny. This simple story line moves toward a quick resolution to a conflict. Young children will enjoy recognizing the animal characters and sounds that they make. This story is part of the "Cat the Cat" series. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
Kirkus Reviews
Willems's third Cat the Cat book might be the best one yet. Playing on children's fondness for making animal sounds, Cat the Cat asks Hound the Hound, Chick the Chick and Cow the Cow what their respective sounds are. Children will delight in offering up woofs, peeps and mooos in response and will likely be tickled by Bunny the Bunny's baffled expression when asked for his sound. What does a bunny say, after all? The restrained, satisfying conclusion never answers this question. Instead, with an inspired page turn true to the author's genius for pacing, the recto page reads, "Sounds like . . . " leading to the next page opening's resolution, "somebody needs a hug!" A group hug illustrates this text, and then a wordless picture on the copyright page shows all of the characters sitting down to a picnic of milk, dog biscuits, tea and fruit. Vibrantly colored digital art delivers the clean, animation-like style that fans expect while packing a lot of narrative and expressive punch. This book is the cat's meow. (Picture book/early reader. 0-7)
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Cat the Cat visits her friends, asking them to make their sounds. The dog woofs, the chick peeps, the cow moos, but the bunny is silent. As Bunny the Bunny makes no response, the others look at him with sympathy and say in unison, "sounds like…somebody needs a hug!" On the one hand, the message seems to be that even if you are different, your friends still love you. On the other hand, an underlying message is that if you are different, your friends will feel sorry for you. Not quite the same as celebrating the differences. The illustrations are characteristically spare with flat, unshaded colors outlined in black. Repeated use of a pale green background on each spread ties the whole book together nicely. Using few words, Willems relies on facial expressions and body posturing to convey humor with minimal detail. Making the animal sounds concept more interesting is a secondary story line: the animals are all preparing for a tea party. Cat the Cat gaily carries a basket covered with a checked napkin as she visits each animal who in turn is preparing something to share at the party. Willems does almost everything right. Children will enjoy making animal sounds and will laugh at his silly humor. But the underlying message that differences may elicit pity is an unfortunate flaw that keeps this book from being a winner.—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061728440
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/27/2010
  • Series: Cat the Cat Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 299,376
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Mo Willems

Mo Willems knows a Good Idea when he sees one. A three-time Caldecott Honor winner (for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny, and Knuffle Bunny Too), he also won two Geisel Medals and two Geisel Honors for his Elephant and Piggie books. His books are perennial New York Times bestsellers, including Knuffle Bunny Free, Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator!, and the Cat the Cat series. Before he turned to making picture books, Mo was a writer and animator on Sesame Street, where he won six Emmys. Mo lives with his family in Massachusetts.

Mo Willems knows a Good Idea when he sees one. A three-time Caldecott Honor winner (for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny, and Knuffle Bunny Too), he also won two Geisel Medals and two Geisel Honors for his Elephant and Piggie books. His books are perennial New York Times bestsellers, including Knuffle Bunny Free, Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator!, and the Cat the Cat series. Before he turned to making picture books, Mo was a writer and animator on Sesame Street, where he won six Emmys. Mo lives with his family in Massachusetts.

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