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Splat the Cat (Splat the Cat)

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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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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...more
The Library Lady
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.
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.
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
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).
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...more
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
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.
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.
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...more
Lisa Hartmann
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
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
Cheryl in CC NV
I'm sorry; I really don't get this. Why do the other cats wear clothes? Why is he named Splat? How is this story any more special than all the other first day of school books? I will say this - I really want his red messenger bag!
It's always nice to have younger siblings or in my case young cousins who like to read small, quick books.
Alma Hernandez
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...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for Kids @ TeensReadToo.com

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...more
Jun 18, 2008 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
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...more
Kiera Turner
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 [I'm Wonderstruck...]
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,...more
Pamela Howard
This book is perfect to read to students on the first day of school. Many children are afraid of meeting new classmates because they are not sure of how their first day will go. Splat the cat can be read to introduce a mini lesson for building community and read as a think aloud to help students understand how others may feel on the first day of school. It also is very engaging, comical and has great illustrations.
Oct 03, 2011 Candice rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sophie
Shelves: picture-books
It's Splat the Cat's first day of Cat School. His tail "wiggled wildly with worry." Poor Splat just does not want to go. He makes up excuses, he clings to the door and the gate. He puts his pet mouse, Seymour, into his lunchbox because he needs a friend. But eventually Mom drags him to school where he meets his teacher, Mrs. Wimpydimple, and his classmates. Splat does not understand all that Mrs. Wimpydimple is telling the class. He wants to know why cats chase mice, and all Mrs. Wimpydimple wil...more
Anthony Smith
Splat the Cat is a book about a young kitten that is starting his first day of kitten school. While in school he learns that as a cat he is suppose to chase and eat mice. At lunch time to everyone’s surprise they find out splat has a pet mouse. In the end the mouse saves the day and the kittens love mice. This book can really relate to children. To start it is a kitten’s first day of school and he was scared. A lot of children are scared about going to their first day of school. Some kids may ha...more
Krupal Morjaria
I loved reading this story to the first grade class I intern at. They also really enjoyed the story. Splat is willing to make every excuse he can possibly think of just to get out of going to school. Its his first day of school and Splat does not want to go. Things change once he actually gets to school. He begins to find school interesting and is excited about what his teacher, Ms. Wimpydimple. Since Splat was nervous about school he brought his friend Seymour with him, which ended up being a b...more
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.
Valerie Midkiff
Splat the Cat is anxious about his first day of school and doesn't want to go, but after he gets there he enjoys himself. He meets his teacher and makes friends. They chase a mouse, but in the end they all, including the mouse, enjoy a carton of milk. Cute illustrations!
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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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