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King O' the Cats

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  32 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Have you ever seen a cat wearing a crown? Or noticed a group of cats hunting a dog?Young Peter Black has, but no one believes him! Peter is positive, though, that there's something a little odd about all the cats in town, and he's determined to get to the bottom of it. With vibrant illustrations by Kristin Sorra, Aaron Shepard retells a classic English folktale that will h ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 27th 2004 by Atheneum Books
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Engaging story about a man who is known for telling wild stories and is disbelieved when he begins to tell stories of cats riding foxes, hunting dogs, and being crowned in the local church. Great illustrations and easy-to-read-aloud writing.
Note added later: I have recently read that this is a very old British folktale, going back to the 1700s, and possibly as early as the 1500s. And it was the inspiration for one of Logan's favorite series, Barbara Sleigh's Carbonel books, starting with Carbon
Alexis Weber
Apr 14, 2015 Alexis Weber rated it liked it
Shelves: folk-literature
Personal Reaction: I thought this book was similar to the little boy who cried wolf. But I enjoyed the different spin of the story being about a cat and also the ghost story aspect added a creepy vibe to keep it interesting.

Purpose/Use in the Classroom: I think this is a great book to be read aloud to second and third graders. Since it is a story about lying, it would be a good segway into a lesson about how lying will not help you in the long run. Also since it is a story from the british cult
Oct 15, 2013 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We just read The Princess Mouse: A Tale of Finland and decided to check out Aaron Shepard's website at We saw that he had a whole list of different stories, reader's theater scripts and videos of him narrating his stories.

We listened to him narrate this book aloud in a video, and it was highly amusing. It was a combination of a video of the picture book pages, similar to what we see on, with cuts to the author as he read aloud. His expressions are hilariou
Robin Raines-Bond
Jun 08, 2016 Robin Raines-Bond rated it liked it
Interesting retelling of a English folktale.
Ricky Francis
Nov 06, 2011 Ricky Francis rated it liked it
The illustrations are definitely the book's strong point. The story is very simple and has a good moral, and the pictures are just easy to look at.
The Styling Librarian
Funny, I knew this story as a readers theater first, enjoyed the book version.
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