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Splat the Cat (Splat the Cat)

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,509 Ratings  ·  314 Reviews
It's Splat's first day of school and he's worried. What if he doesn't make any new friends? Just in case, Splat decides to bring along his pet mouse, Seymour, and hides him in his lunchbox. The teacher, Mrs. Wimpydimple, introduces Splat to the class and he soon starts learning all his important cat lessons. But when Seymour escapes and the cats do what cats do (they chase ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by HarperCollins (first published 2008)
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Abduraafi Andrian
Lagi-lagi, menemukan harta karun di tumpukan buku-buku di lemari kantor. Buku bergambar untuk anak-anak. Menarik. Menghibur. Gambarnya lucu. Dan ... kucing!

Ceritanya tentang hari pertama Splat masuk sekolah. Diawali dengan ketakutan tidak mempunyai teman sehingga ogah-ogahan dan membawa tikus peliharaannya bernama Seymour, berakhir dengan Splat yang memiliki banyak teman dan antusias untuk sekolah di hari berikutnya.

"I've got lots of friends. Cats don't chase mice. I'm amazing." - Splat the Cat
Apr 11, 2013 Leila rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
I love Splat so much that I considered buying this book. As I am of limited funds--in fact, my NAME might as well be Limited Funds, except for the inconvenience of changing my initials--I decided to look at it in the library. Repeatedly. If either of my nieces goes in for motherhood, though, the kids are getting this book.

The illustrations are big, bright, brash, and unique in style. Splat is a cat of good upbringing and even better conscience: his best friend is Seymour the mouse, and Splat has
Joshua Arnett
Apr 28, 2015 Joshua Arnett rated it liked it
A potentially dangerous text that will end in the death of countless mice because of Mr. Scotton's refusal to accept the terrifying Darwinian truth about this dark world. The scene when all the cats drink milk through bendy straws is really cute though.
Jenna Farhat
Feb 06, 2015 Jenna Farhat rated it it was amazing
Oh my God I would read this book like a 1000 times! It was super hilarious!
Dec 18, 2014 Paulius rated it really liked it
Challenge accepted!
The Library Lady
Aug 09, 2008 The Library Lady rated it really liked it
It's cute. It's on the NY Times best seller list. And it's about a cat instead of a stupid farting DOG.
So I'll just go with the flow and enjoy it.
Aug 14, 2008 Kate rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-book
I didn't get it. I don't know if I read it too fast or what, but I ended up feeling like I missed something.
Oct 02, 2012 Yasmin rated it really liked it
It's Splat's first day of school and he's worried about making new friends. He makes several attempts to try and get out of going to school, but his mum soon manages to drag him to school! Splat decides to bring along his pet mouse, Seymour, and hides him in his lunchbox. The teacher, Mrs. Wimpydimple, introduces Splat to the class and he soon starts learning all his important cat lessons. But when Seymour escapes and the cats try to chase him, Splat's worried again about keeping all his friends ...more
Jun 27, 2014 Tc rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humorous, animals
Splat by Rob Scotton is a terrific character! This first book about Splat is about Splat's first day of school, and standing up for your friends even if it means you won't be popular. This book is terrific for first timers to a classroom, and discussions about being kind to others/friends. The series also has highlighted vocabulary that would be perfect for vocabulary building (word walls).
Oct 12, 2012 Sonia rated it really liked it
Splat the Cat is a very interesting story for children 3-4 years old. Splat does not want to go to school and uses many excuses to avoid going to school. Failing to convince his Mum, Splat takes his pet mouse, Seymour, in his lunch box. Splat makes lots of friends at school and learns a few about cats, until he is informed that Cats chase mice. Lunch time approaches and out comes Seymour and scares away all the cats.

I found this book very fun and exciting, the pictures are very humorous and exc
Natalie Heavrin
I love Splat! This is the first of Rob Scotton's "Splat" series and definitely one of the best. Splat the Cat is worried about his first day of school and tries everything he can so that his mother won't make him go. Once at school, he makes new friends and learns valuable lessons. He decided that school wasn't so bad afterall. I think that this is a great book to read on the first day of school so that the kids know that it is okay to be worried but that everything will turn out great. Splat is ...more
Sara Presnell
This book is so cute! The illustrations were hilarious, even to an adult. The story being told in the book was definitely a true story that is applicable to many young children. It was about Splat's first day at school. Splat was nervous about his first day school and tried everything to try to be able to stay home. Once he got to school, though, he saw that it was not that bad, and he actually enjoyed himself. I think this book is definitely a good book for children who are going to be starting ...more
Oct 09, 2012 Tami rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most adorable story and illustrations that I've seen in a LONG time. Rob Scotton's illustrations of the cats, their facial expressions, and positions are laugh out loud! I wish Splat the cat was around when my kids were young. I still collect these stories and when a new one is released, I encourage my kids, even though they're in their teens, to look at it. I watch them and see the smiles on their faces. I read them to my students at school and they also adore the pictures. A ...more
Jackie Douthat
This is another great book for the beginning of the school year. I would use this in my classroom at the beginning of the year or if there's a new student, to share with the class that everyone gets nervous about a new school. This could be used to discuss situations where the students may have been nervous but everything turned out okay. It could also be used to introduce the word nervous and its meaning and could be carried on by reading The Way I Feel by Janan Cain.
Sydney Hall
This is a great pick for students who are nervous about the first day of school. Splat is very nervous about his first day of cat school and has some feelings that most students experience too. This would be a great first day of school read aloud.
Katelyn Tschida
Audience: Boys and girls preschool to 2nd grade

Appeal: colorful, unique, animals (which kids love)

Application: I would use this for rhyming activity with the kids. The title itself has a rhyme and we could do a fun action that the students would have to do every time they saw a rhyming word. I could also work with them on pacing when reading a story. And helping the students relate the situation the cat is in to their own lives

Award List: Coldecott
I read this book at a school bookfair and fell in love with it and had to buy it. Splat is a loving cat who teaches us that we don't have to give in to societys expectations. This book teaches a good lesson in friendship and that just because you're "not supposed" to be friends with someone dosent mean you can't. This book also teaches that if you don't agree with soemthing to stand for what you believe in. The illustrations are also very captivating.
The textured and bright illustrations appeared to be leaping at your face as you read. They really added richness to the story. The story itself was good as well. It's about Splat the Cat's first day of school. He is very nervous and tries hard not to go, but once he goes he realizes that school is fun.

I would read this on the first day of school to a group of kindergarteners.
Jun 09, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
Summary: This is a story about Splat who is about to go to school for the first time. He is clearly really nervous and doesnt want to go but his mom makes him go. He asks a lot of questions and in the end causes the teacher to change the rule that cats chase mice. After his first day of school he is really excited and cannot want to go back again.

Evaluation: This book would be a wonderful first day of school book for kindergarten since many of those students were experiencing the same feelings
Lisa Hartmann
Apr 29, 2014 Lisa Hartmann rated it it was amazing
Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton is a great story for ages three to six.This is a great picture book. The book is about Splat's first day of school. The story tells how nervous he is to go to school and how he ends up having a great day. Another thing I enjoy about this book is that Splat has a mouse as his friend. His friend Seymour lives with him. I like that the two are not supposed to get along but they do. I think it sets a nice tone to be open to all possibilities and not have groups or click ...more
Amy Hardy
Jul 03, 2014 Amy Hardy rated it really liked it
This is such a great book that relates to any young child grades preK-2 that has been scared to go to school on the first day. Splat made up all kinds of ridiculous excuses not to go to school. Once he was at school that all changed and he realized that school could be very exciting for him. I loved when he got the mouse to open the door that was stuck so they could have their milk break. He was the hero of the day. This book is easy to relate to times when your students felt scared to try new t ...more
Dec 08, 2014 Angie rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
Synopsis: "It's Splat's first day of school and he's worried. What if he doesn't make any new friends? Just in case, Splat decides to bring along his pet mouse, Seymour, and hides him in his lunchbox. The teacher, Mrs. Wimpydimple, introduces Splat to the class and he soon starts learning all his important cat lessons. But when Seymour escapes and the cats do what cats do (they chase mice!), Splat's worried again. Maybe now he'll lose all his friends, old and new! Just in time, wise Mrs. Wimpydi ...more
Alma Hernandez
Apr 02, 2014 Alma Hernandez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: authors
Spalt the cat is a simple picture book that is for the begining of the school year. The illustrations are cartoon like and bright.

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
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Poor Splat is so worried about his first day at Cat School. His tail twitches all over, and he does whatever he can to delay. Before his mother manages to drag him out of the house, he slips his pet mouse, Seymour, into his lunchbox, figuring that at least he'll have a friend on what is sure to be a scary day.

When Splat gets to school, his round and kind teacher, Mrs. Wimpydimple, and his new classmates all make him feel welcome. Splat ask
Jun 18, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: kids preparing for school, cat lovers, fans of Russell the Sheep
“‘If I hide from the day, maybe it’ll go away, he thought.”

Splat the Cat has an extreme case of first-day-of-Cat-School nerves. He lays wide awake with his tail wiggling “wildly with worry”. After a sleepless night, he tries to hide from the new day, but his mom rousts him with her “Time to get up.”

Splat tries every trick/excuse/rationale in the book to get his mom to let him stay home, but his mom has an answer for everything. A sample:

“I’m having a bad hair day Mom. Maybe I should go to schoo
Jamie Gorsky
This book illustration really stands out the pictures are very real like each page. It looks like the drawing is like a glossed look. Splat looks like a cat that is a bit frazzled his hair makes him look like a crazy cat. The book shows of emotions and feelings such as the first day of school it is not an easy read book it is pretty long most likely focused for prekindergarten children, there is very colorful pictures and the expressions of the cats are very interesting.

Learning Experience: This
Bethany Emmons
Apr 21, 2015 Bethany Emmons rated it liked it
This is a fun book about a silly cat and his family going on vacation to the beach for a day and the cats mission to find the perfect sea shell for his grandfather and for show and tell. The young cat faces many funny struggles throughout his time trying to find the perfect shell until he finds a way to get the perfect shell by working with a new acquaintance. This was a fun book to read, it is aimed toward early readers.
The Brothers
Mar 04, 2016 The Brothers rated it really liked it
Shelves: cats, school
Another great book from Rob Scotton (of Russell the Sheep fame). This time it's about a little cat's first day of Cat School. I particularly like how the little cat tells his mother that the front door won't let him out, the gate won't let go of his fingers, and the lamppost won't get out of his way in order for him to avoid going to school.

The illustrations are superb.
Kiera Turner
Jul 10, 2014 Kiera Turner rated it really liked it
I loved the great academic language in this book. The words clever, cunning and amazing are great vocabulary words to introduce before reading this book. Also, this book could be read the first day of school because there will be children in the class that will feel like Splat. Reading this book will help them feel welcome in the classroom and ease some first day jitters.
Anastasia  Nichole
I really enjoyed this one, but only because my sister and I convinced my mother to read it to us.

Why did this make us laugh so much, you ask? Well, Scotton gives his characters the strangest names....

The school teacher was named Mrs. Wimpydimple. That's almost as bad a last name as Mrs. Fishbreath from 27 Years of Shoe World Ends at Ten Details at Eleven!

Also, Splat? Seriously? C'mon, Mr. Scotton, why did you pick Splat? Was it because the name rhymes? Seriously, though--why Splat?

In my opinion,
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Rob Scotton is the bestselling author and illustrator of "Russell the Sheep," and "Russell and the Lost Treasure." His latest book, "Splat the Cat" is the story of a young cat facing all the wonders and worries of his first day at cat school. Rob's work can also be found on greeting cards, ceramics, textiles, prints, stationery, and glassware. An honors graduate of Leicester Polytechnic, Rob now l ...more
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