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That Cat Can't Stay

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  211 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Narrated bya cat-loving little girl, this story is a hysterical romp through a family's pet adoption dilemma. Poor Dad does not like cats, and he voices his opposition tothe steady stream of stray cats that always seem to wind up on his doorstep—thanks to a cat-loving Mom who wants to save every stray she finds. In an effort to win Dad over, the little girl hides a tiny st ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Flashlight Press (first published 2010)
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Lindsay Surmeier
“The book we are going to read today is That Cat Can’t Stay (show cover). Why don’t you think the cats can stay? (children respond). What does the cover tell us about how this man feels about cats? Do you think he is the one who says the cats cannot stay? (children respond). I am going to read a sample from this new book and you think about how the words sound when I read them. (open to page 7) ‘The day Mom found a calico, Dad said, “That thing has got to go. One cat was more than I could take. ...more
When Mom rescued the the black and white cat from the downpour, Dad insisted that it not be allowed in the house. Then he relented and let it stay until the rain stopped. After the rain stopped, it was too late and they had a cat. Then Mom found a calico cat. And the story is the same, Dad said no, gives in a little, and finds himself owning another cat. Dad came up with very funny reasons why the cats can’t stay, but one after another, he found himself allowing the cats to be their pets. In the ...more
Jayme Prisbell
The 2012-2013 Nebraska Golden Sower Nominee, That Cat Can’t Stay, written by Thad Krasnesky, provides an uproarious testimony of pet adaption for cat lovers and haters. The target audiences for the book are male and female children ages 5-10. Told through poetic rhyme, mom brings home a stray cat and cleverly convinces dad to let the cat stay for just a short while. Each time mom brings home another stray dad repeats his reasons for not wanting the cats (i.e. There’s no use begging. Don’t say pl ...more
Jennifer Peterson
That Cat Can't Stay is an adorable story about a mom and her children who seem to have a special place in their hearts for cats, and a dad who, try as he might, can't seem to say no. The story begins innocently enough with mom bringing home one lonely stray cat who is stuck in the rain. Dad tries to put his foot down, but can't help but succumb to mom's words of sorrow and allows the cat to stay "just one night". Of course one night turns into a lifetime and one cat turns into many as mom and th ...more
"That Cat Can't Stay" is a primary book of the realistic fiction genre. In order to keep children engaged in the book, I would use the pre-reading strategy of Rhyming Games. Rhyming Games is a good strategy to use to help students learn to read by understanding the sounds of the words related to how they are spelled. This book works well with Rhyming Games because the entire book is written in a rhyming pattern, but it also repeats some of the rhymes to emphasize the sounds of the words.

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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
A perfect combination of catchy text and humorous illustrations; Thad Krasnesky's rhyming, repetitive text tells the story of how a family of four end up with five cats, while the illustrations add a touch of humor. Mom keeps bringing home stray cats; Dad lays down the law--"that cat can't stay!" However, Mom knows him all too well, and manages to persuade him to let them stay. What I love about the text is how the cats slowly take over, as is shown by the increasing number of cat portraits on t ...more
Audience- I believe the best group for this would be primary students. This is because is a book that repeats itself several times. I feel the students in 1/2/3 grade will be able to read this easier because with the repeating and (hopefully) the like for cats it will help them finish the book.

Appeal-I believe this book would best fit students who are into cats. This is because the whole book is about a family keeping more cats when the dad does not want to. I also feel that students with cats
Jun 06, 2014 Kyle added it
Shelves: state-awards
This book it called That Cat Can't Stay, what can we tell is going to happen just from reading the title? Do you think that there is a problem, and what do you think will happen? Does the man on the cover look very happy? I sure wouldn't with that many cats on me! Do you like cats? Would you like to have that MANY cats? Can you predict what will happen next?
-personal connection
-making inferences
-invites kids to make connections
Stephanie Scoggin
This is a wonderful book to read aloud to children. Soft-hearted mom keeps picking up strays, but Dad does not want a cat! "They give him fleas and eat his cheese!" This story has rhyme and the end of the story, this kids are all chanting the refrain! The illustrations capture all of Dad's anti-feline angst. There is a cute little twist at the end...I love this book, and my students did, too.
Lara Vickers
I read this book for the 4 or more other picture books section from the syllabus. I think this is a very cute book with rhyme and repetition. Everyone in the family can relate to the characters and the cartoon illustrations add to the humor of the storyline. We all know who runs the show in many homes, right? This point is made quite well when Mom keeps bringing home stray cats much to the chagrin of Dad. But don't worry, Mom knows how to handle Dad. Each time a stray somehow manages to make it ...more
Dad does not like cats. Mom brings them home. Spoiler: they stay.

Good read aloud rhyme and rhythm with only an awkward bit in maybe two places. The parts with "they scratch my knees" really brings that out, and it's fun to build it up as you read. While they didn't giggle at the illustrations or laugh much, all my classes were silent and paying attention for the whole of the story.

Two stars because the Mom's a jerk to bring home cats when her husband hates them for valid reasons, including that
Tonya Peck
Audience: The audience for this book would be primary elementary school, K-3rd. The rhyming and humor and plot would appeal to this age group.

Appeal: The rhyming words and humor would appeal to Kindergartners all the way up to 3rd grade. So many cat/dog-lovers will enjoy the humorous story and could possibly relate to certain parts of the story. Simple reading, like a song with a chorus.

Application: This would be a great story to introduce to a K-class and start with a pre-strategy of onset/rime
Linda Silva
Dad is having a tough time telling his family that "That Cat Can't Stay" when they keep bringing home strays. He has many excuses as to why they can't stay but they end up melting his heart and the rest is history. One day dad turns the tables and brings home a pet that he wants and everyone lives happily ever after! This is a good book for lower elementary students because of the repetition and rhyming. The art work is very cute and the facial expressions can tell the whole story. I would use t ...more
Audience: This book’s targeted audience is primary elementary students. The humor and story line targets 1st to 3rd graders.

Appeal: I think this book would appeal to primary elementary students because of the humorous conflict it presents. The repetitive theme would also be appealing to this grade level.

Application: I would use this book for a partner reading activity. Since the book focuses on two character voices, this activity would work well. I may also use a rhyming game. This activity woul
Amy J
What a fantastic book and what a great Dad that reluctantly takes in these misfit kitties....and then.....Oh you have to read the book for the surprise ending.
Sep 28, 2012 Clarissa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children, adults
That Cat Can't Stay is written by Thad Krasnesky and is illustrated by David Parkins. This book is about a family who has an uncanny knack for finding stray cats. Everyone in the family wants to keep the cats, except for Dad who says, "That cat can't stay!". Mom has a unique ability to help Dad think keeping the cat is his idea. The illustrations add lots of fun to this funny book. The best audience for this book would be almost anyone. It's relatively short, so reading it aloud wouldn't be a pr ...more
Karen Arendt
This story would be a fun read-aloud. The text rhymes, mom brings home one stray cat after another, and dad constantly repeats the same phrase each time" "There's no use begging. Don't say please. I don't like cats. They scratch my knees. They carry fleas. They make me sneeze. They're always getting stuck in trees." Just enough of a twist at then end to make everyone smile.

The illustrations are comical. By the time the fourth stray is brought home (with a suspected broken leg), dad just can't st
Kristina Silverbears
Love this book! It begins rhythmically and has some fun repetitions for children to appreciate. Plus, everyone has an opinion on the cat issue.
Cute picture book. Dad doesn't want cats in the house, well, we can all guess what will happen. The very end is not quite as predictable.
Hayley Zamzow
This purr-fect rhyming tale for cat and non-cat lovers alike is adorable. That Cat Can't Stay by Thad Krasnesky is a "tail" of a father and his refusal to allow his wife to bring in stray cats. Through ridiculous excuses, he tries to avoid bringing in cat after cat. Instead, he finds himself taking in cat after cat. Eventually he rescues a dog, and they all learn to share and enjoy each others company.

Through playful watercolor illustrations by David Parkins and crazy lines like, "There’s no us
Zachary Eastman
Jun 02, 2013 Zachary Eastman marked it as to-read
Shelves: primary-books
Title: The Cat Can't Stay by Thad Krasnesky
Audience: Primary
Genre: Children's picture storybook

The pre-reading strategy I would use for this book is the story sequence strategy. It will help the students gain comprehension and know the sequence of the story. For example, the sequence of the story is the mom brings home a cat. Then the dad said no cats and shouts at his family the reasons why he doesn't want a cat in the house. Then the mom states she is going to take the cat back but the dad cha
Jun 25, 2011 Marcie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Marcie by: Read Aloud Award MN State U
I'm sure I'll have to find his first book because I very much liked this one. It should make a fun read aloud. I'm sorry I didn't know about it to tell the committee a few days ago. The rhymes and repetition would make it easy to do as a reader's theater or creative drama. I would also use it to teach about jackets and author biography. I love the author and illustrator biographies. I have never heard of either the publisher or the Independent Publishers Group, so I thank MN State Univeristies R ...more
Honor book for the 2011 Wanda Gág Read Aloud Book Award for the best read aloud picture book for younger children (toddlers to age 8).

I had to read this to my mom because I feel this story could have been written by a member of my family. I like reading the exasperated diatribe and I like the way a little more is added to it each time. It is just a fun story to read and the illustrations are entertaining as well. The panels without words are a nice place to invite interpretation and involvement
Michael Moriarty
Audience: Kindergarten through 2nd Grade. Parents who want to help their children with rhymes. A good choice for cat lovers in the class or to show how pets can be interesting and fun.

Appeal: This book would be great for teachers who wanbt to use rhymes as part of their reading assignments. Kids will love the illustrations and the expressions on the faces of Dad and the Cats. Also. use of prediction could be used to see whether the cats will be kept or not.

Awards: Nebraska Golden Sower nominee 2
2013 Monarch Award: Illinois Nominee "That Cat Can't Stay" by Thad Krasnesky is a wonderful story set in the poetic flow of most Dr. Suess books. The book's wonderful rhyme time antics will surely make it a fun read for parents, teachers, and students alike.

The story is very humorous, but what really drives the story home are the illustrations by David Parkins.

I'm positive that "That Cat Can't Stay" will be a child's favorite book for many years to come.

Hurray for "That Cat Can't Stay"!
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Award List: 2012-2013 Nebraska Golden Sower Nominee
Appeal: This book is very humorous. A the tile suggests, it is about a dad who refuses to have cats brought in the house, only to have his wife and kids bring more and more home. The story's rhyme and illustrations -of dad acting out all the annoying things that cats do and of the sly expressions on mom's face, reinforce the light humorous feel. Kids, especially those who like animals, will get a kick out this book
Ashley Sandel
Audience: Early childhood and elementary school
Appeal: Cat lovers, animal lovers, children who own many pets
Application: Each cat they find is more worse off than the first (excluding the kitten at the end). This shows the snowball effect and because each cat was more miserable than the last, Dad had a harder time saying no. This book shows that you should help others, even if they get on your nerves or you do not approve of them.
Award: 2012-2013 Golden Sower Nominee
Derek Westerman
Audience: Kindergarten to 4th grade

Appeal: Cat or pet lovers. Lots of big pictures and great colors. Rhyming words to make the book fun.

Application: This book can be incorporated in the everyday classroom and can teach children how to help others, whether it be people or animals. It can also be used to help children with their rhyming words and help them identify how words ryhme together.

Award: 12/13 Golden Sower Nominee
Laura Brennan
"That Cat Can't Stay!" is a rhyming story about a family full of cat lovers....and a father reluctant to take in any more animals. Of course, it is no surprise that the family the dad sits, covered in cats. The rhyming in this book is clever, and does not feel tedious to read again and again. The illustrations of a variety of cats will make children will a small twist at the end! Great to share in a group or one on one!
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