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The Perfect Nest

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,121 Ratings  ·  147 Reviews
It’s the perfect read-aloud! A flustered cat is on the verge of crying fowl in a farmyard story that will crack kids up.

Jack the cat is building the perfect nest. It’s bound to attract the perfect chicken, who will lay the perfect egg, which will make the perfect omelet. And sure enough, a chicken shows up ("¡Caramba!"), but so do a duck ("Sacré bleu!") and a goose ("Great
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 13th 2007 by Candlewick Press (first published 2007)
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Jun 02, 2012 Trace rated it it was amazing
Luke and I both agreed on the rating for this one - it was a 5-star read aloud. But ONLY if you read the characters in different animated voices. The chicken is Spanish (Icaramba!), the duck is French (Sacre bleu!) and the goose is American (Great Balls of Fire!)....

Even my husband laughed out loud when I was reading it out loud... that alone is worth a 5 star rating.....

Another reason I'm giving this a 5 star is because it has helped to restore my son's interest in picture books. He's all of 5
Dec 12, 2010 smetchie rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
A cat in overalls, a Mexican chicken, a French duck and a hillbilly goose. I don't know why. The cat builds a cozy nest with pillows and romantic lighting in the hopes of luring some poultry in there to lay an egg for his breakfast. I won't spoil it by saying more.

Jun 23, 2016 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Read because I am trying to track down the author's memoir of farm life and want to know how hard to look. This is great fun, so I will look hard for all her other works. The illustrations are a perfect fit... I especially like it when Jack (view spoiler)cries "Wolf, wolf!"... and I would like to see more of Manders' work.

Sorry for spoilers ahead - but some ppl need to be warned of some things before they buy a book or share it with their chi
Jun 27, 2016 Ariane rated it really liked it
One of my new favorite picture books - fun to read aloud with the different voices. Plus, Amelia loves chickens right now, after meeting the Beck chickens.
Feb 03, 2016 Terri rated it it was amazing
"The Perfect Nest" by Catherine Friend and illustrated by John Manders is the PERFECT read aloud book for young audiences! Jack the cat builds a "perfect" nest to attract a chicken who will lay eggs to feed his omelet passion. A Hispanic chicken does come along, but she is soon joined by a French duck, and a Southern goose - all who lay an egg, but soon grow tired of the too crowded nest and leave to find another. Just as Jack the cat is about to devour their eggs, one and then another and anoth ...more
Lenae Haley
Feb 23, 2016 Lenae Haley rated it really liked it
The Perfect Nest is about a cat, Jack, that built a perfect nest to attract the farm animals to use his nest to lay eggs. His plan was that once the chickens and duck laid their eggs he would make omelets. Well a duck, chicken, and a goose all laid an egg in the nest and then discovered they all had laid an egg in the same next. Jack hid and watched them all fight over it and he finally told them there was a more perfect empty nest at the farm down the road. They all left racing to get there and ...more
Nov 20, 2015 Lydia rated it really liked it
A clever cat thinks he has the purrfect way to easily get an egg for his omelet. He makes the perfect nest! Unfortunately for him, all the birds agree, causing problems he didn't foresee and eventually causing problems he really didn't see coming, but in the end he becomes a fan of the nest too.

Okay, so do not give this to a child expecting a real cat to act this way. It won't happen; kitty would still have breakfast, lunch and dinner, however, for the fictional world, it is fun.

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Matt Vagts
Multicultural-literature book #7
This book is about a cat that wants to make an omelet so he builds the perfect nest for a chicken to lay an egg. Later on a chicken does come and lays an egg, but a duck and a goose come and they both lay an egg. Then the three birds start to fight about who gets to have the perfect nest while Jack the cat tries to get them out of the nest. Jack finally gets the birds out of the nest but then the eggs that were layed are hatching and the little birds think that Ja
What's up with all the animals wanting omelets? This is the second book I've read recently on this same topic. :) Jack the cat builds the perfect nest and attracts 3 egg-layers who make contributions to it. Unfortunately, by the time he's able to get rid of them, the eggs are ready to hatch and instead of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Jack has 3 baby birds who think he's their mama. Since he can't possibly eat them like this, he gives in and snuggles up with them in their nest (because it really ...more
Edward Creter
May 31, 2014 Edward Creter rated it really liked it
One of the funniest and gentlest stories for kids I've read so far. Jack the Cat starts out wanting omelets, so he thinks his opportunity has arrived when a Spanish chicken, a French duck and a cowboy-talkin goose get together on one nest to make eggs...and bitch and moan over who gets the comfy nest first. Jack chases them off (eventually) and then sets up to eat some scrambled egg goodness...only the eggs pop into babies at the wrong moment...or IS it the wrong moment for Jack to actually care ...more
Nathaniel Chattic
Nov 09, 2009 Nathaniel Chattic rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pb-same-artist
Grades: K-4th

This is yet another example of a simple, tride and true storytelling device coupled with dynamic art can combine to create: a great children's book. Author Catherine Friend takes a device that can be seen in a number of children's stories, using three characters focusing on one object of desire, creating mixed reactions and responses. One of the things I really appreciated here in the text are the "voices" in the text. Different languages (Spanish and French) are used here to distin
Feb 27, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
This hilarious story features Jack, a wily feline intent on obtaining some eggs for a yummy omelet. In order to lure some egg-layers within his reach, he prepares a comfortable nest for some feathery creature. His plans are successful, and a Spanish-speaking chicken, a French-speaking duck, and a goose all lay claim to the nest, and lay eggs of different sizes. Jack is unable to snatch the eggs because the layers won't leave no matter what he does. In desperation, he sends them off to find a bet ...more
Amy Forrester
Sep 17, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
Jack the cat has the perfect plan. He builds the perfect nest in the barn, complete with a welcome mat and twinkle lights, and waits for a perfect chicken to lay a perfect egg to make the perfect omelet for Jack. Sure enough, a chicken comes along and lays a small egg in the perfect nest. Unfortunately, a duck waddles by and decides she must lay her egg in the perfect nest. And wouldn’t you know it, a goose has the same idea! It takes Jack a while, but he is finally able to lure the squabbling ...more
Mar 13, 2011 Keri rated it it was amazing
Category: Grades K-3, Book #1

The Perfect Nest is a fun book for children who like to laugh and for adults who like to read to them. (In fact, there are several opportunities for the reader to add voices making it an even funner experience.) It's the story about a farm cat named Jack, who comes up with a plan to get himself an egg to make an omelet. In order to make his plan work, he creates a nest no mother bird can resist, and by doing so attracts three mother birds. They all lay eggs in his ne
Kayla Buchan
Jul 10, 2013 Kayla Buchan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
Audience: Primary
Genre: Picture Book
Pre-literacy strategy: Picture walk- going through some of the books' exciting or interesting pictures (previously marked by the instructor) and having the students discuss what's in the picture and make inferences about what they think is happening in the story.

For this book, I would definitely try the picture walk strategy. The pictures in this book are so bright and fun, I think it would be an excellent exercise to get the children engaged in the book. Som
Dec 09, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing
Be careful what you wish for! Jack the cat builds the perfect nest hoping to lure a chicken to lay eggs for his omelets. The nest is so wonderful, however, that a chicken, a goose and a duck all fight over the nest - each leaving an egg in turn. After Jack chases the birds out of the nest, he is ready to make an omelet when the eggs begin to hatch. Jack tries to lose the babies, to no avail. Soon enough he realizes that the nest is perfect – for him and his new baby birds. The colorful gouache i ...more
Becky B
Jack the cat is hungry for an omelet, so he builds the perfect nest to attract a chicken to lay an egg. But Jack's nest works a little too well because it attracts not only a chicken, but also a duck and a goose who all lay eggs despite the squabbling...and won't leave! Jack eventually tricks them into leaving, but by then the eggs are ready to hatch and Jack finds himself the parent of three little demanding birds who are decidedly not omelet material. What is he to do?

I like that each of the b
Melissa Dwyer
Nov 03, 2015 Melissa Dwyer rated it liked it
Originally rated G by Karen Guthrie
Jack the cat is determined to build the perfect nest, complete with fresh hay, fluffy pillows and a welcome mat. He needs this perfect nest because he wants to attract a chicken who will lay the perfect egg. An egg that will make a tasty omelet. But Jack didn't count on his nest attracting a chicken, a duck and a goose. The three eggs would really make a wonderful omelet. To get the three birds to leave the nest, he tells them of an empty nest they don't have t
Christian Houseworth
Feb 21, 2013 Christian Houseworth rated it it was amazing
I love this book! The Perfect Nest is about a cat named Jack who wants to find some eggs so that he could make an omelet. he has a rooster, duck. and a chicken who all lay eggs and want to stay in the nest. they fight over the nest until Jack comes up with a way to get them to leave so that he can get the eggs. Jack cracks the eggs and each one ended up being a baby. The story gets even more interesting from there...This book is a very good book to use to integrate language (French, Spanish,and ...more
Oct 01, 2014 Romelle rated it it was amazing
The Perfect Nest is a perfect book for your perfect child. The story is centered around a perfect nest that Jack the cat built for a chicken to lay an egg for his breakfast. It worked perfectly well because he got, not one egg, but THREE! However, that was the start of Jack's problems.

I love how the problem escalates making it more trouble for Jack; more fun for the readers. The ending is predictable because I've read lots of stories with this premise and the outcome is always the same. But what
May 09, 2014 Sean rated it it was amazing
I love this book. The illustrations are awesome and it lends itself to being a great read aloud book for kinder and 1st grade. It is easy to put your own spin on the book with different voices for the characters. Even the teachers visiting my library enjoyed listening to this book. It has a very adorable ending.
Shelby Royalty
I really enjoyed this book. It's about a cat who is determined to trick the other barnyard animals into laying their eggs in his nest. In the end, the cat ends up loving and caring for the duck and chicken that hatch. I could see lots of children enjoying this story.
Marg Corjay
Oct 31, 2015 Marg Corjay rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved, loved this book. The illustrations are fantastic with lots of bright colors and absolutely adorable. The cat and poultry were so much fun with their accents and personalities; and the hatchlings were precious.
Alma Loredo
Jack the cat builds the perfect nest. The nest was not for him, it was for a chicken to come a lay an egg so he can have breakfast. The chicken laid an egg but so did the duck and the goose, which all three fought for the prefect nest. Jack tried everything to get to the eggs but everything failed. Lastly he told them that the farmer next door had a perfect nest too and did not know why they were all fighting for that nest. All three ran. Jack was admiring the eggs when they began to hatch. Jack ...more
Sep 10, 2011 Scarlet rated it it was amazing
Craving the perfect omelet Jack the cat decides to build the perfect nest to attrack the perfect bird to lay the perfect egg. Jack soon learns though that sometimes getting the perfect thing is more difficult than someone would think and that what you want in the beginning can change in the end.

This book is a great way to show children that sometimes perfect can cause problems and that the perfect package can come in many different ways. From a language standpoint the book has a chicken that spe
Anne Broyles
Jan 23, 2016 Anne Broyles rated it really liked it
What happens when a cat, in search of the perfect omelet, builds what he hopes to be a perfect nest in order to attract a chicken. He gets much more than he bargains for in this amusing tale.
Sarah Adamson
Apr 23, 2015 Sarah Adamson rated it really liked it
A really cute and super fun book for reading aloud to younger kids. A cat builds the perfect nest in order to get the perfect egg for an omelet. Hilarity ensues. Fun with gorgeous pictures!!
Ms. B
Jan 02, 2015 Ms. B rated it liked it
Shelves: picture, 2015
A silly story about a cat who's looking for breakfast and 3 birds who are looking for the "perfect nest". Catherine Friend's detailed writing could work for making predictions or visualizing.
Lynne Marie
Feb 23, 2016 Lynne Marie rated it really liked it
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I wanted to like this one more than I actually did. A very sweet story but a tough read-aloud for some reason, and didn't hold Linnea's attention in a sustained way.
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Catherine Friend had what she calls a "boring" childhood, but she says that boring was just fine -- because it gave her more time to read. She read so much her parents had to set a "no-reading-at-the dinner-table" rule. She was slightly shy as a child, but enjoyed playing Beauty Parlor with her sister, taking family trips, and watching STAR TREK and TIME TUNNEL.

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