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Scaredy-Cat, Splat! (Splat the Cat)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  752 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
It's Halloween, and Splat is determined to be the scariest cat in the class. Unfortunately he's just too much of a scaredy-cat. He's afraid of a little spider, and everyone says his costume looks more silly than scary. And when Mrs. Wimpydimple tells a ghost story in the dark, Splat gets so frightened that he tips over his jack-o'-lantern. But when the lights go back on, t ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2010)
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Aug 28, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Well that was actually pretty hilarious! Very well read by Phil Jupitus & lots of special effects. Comes highly recommended by 6 year old Ethan :-)
Margaret Chind

Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.Splat the Cat is such a silly cat, he's always up to some sort of planning for a school themed-activity. This time he wants to be the scariest and not scared-est cat and of course Seymour is there to help!

This is a good 9x9" hardcover to add to the seasonal shelf. Friendship, working through things when they don't go exactly as planned, and fun Halloween ideas.

If you're interested, there is a Splat the Cat costume out there in the world! Ahh!!!
This r
Aug 13, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it
Splat is silly. Splat is clumsy. And Splat will make kids laugh. A fun read.
Nov 03, 2016 Jerriev added it
Shelves: picture-books
Splat is determined to be the scariest cat in class. He's is scared by spiders and the ghost stories the teacher tells. Who wins the contest?

This book would be read during Halloween to preschoolers to grade 2. This book also shows that even though bad things happen, it can all work out in the end. The short a sound is throughout the book.
Wilde Sky
Dec 19, 2016 Wilde Sky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cat, who is scared of everything, tries to be scary for Halloween.

I thought this was a sweet short illustrated book (for young children) and the graphics were very good.
Mar 07, 2017 Alicia rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
This was a cute story about a cat who dressed up for school for Halloween to win the scariest costume competition.
Miss Sarah
Oct 03, 2016 Miss Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: halloween
Splat the cat is celebrating Halloween from costumes to pumpkins to scary stories. Who will be the scariest cat in Splat's class. Cute but long so preschool and up.
Oct 28, 2012 Jillian rated it really liked it
"Scaredy-Cat, Splat!" by Rob Scotton is just one of many books in the Splat the Cat book series. In this book, Splat is brainstorming costume ideas for his school's Halloween party. Splat wants to really scare his classmates, because the scariest costume will win a special prize from the teacher. Splat really wants to win the prize, so he decides to dress up as a spooky eight legged spider. Yet, when he arrives at school, his classmates merely giggle at his silly costume. Then when it comes time ...more
Oct 20, 2015 Janelle rated it really liked it
Splat is a black cat, and it's Halloween. You wouldn't think he'd need much of a costume. You'd also think nothing could scare him. Think again. He's a scaredy-cat that's afraid of spiders and a scaredy-cat that needs a scary costume for his classroom Halloween party so he can win the scariest cat prize. He tries to come up with the perfect scary costume, and finally decides to dress as a spider with green and orange sock legs. Sadly, his peers don't find him all that scary, and he mopes about t ...more
Oct 12, 2012 Lori rated it liked it
Splat wants to be the scariest cat in school during his class' Halloween party, but doesn't have a scary costume. Splat is a bit of a scaredy-cat himself and finds that all of his friends costumes scare him more than his own. When his teacher reads a scary story in class, Splat get so scared he topples over his jack-0-lantern. When the lights come back on, the class is scared of a new creature in class! But it turns out to just be Splat with his own jack-o-lantern stuck on his head. The class lo ...more
Oct 26, 2011 Teacher. rated it really liked it
Originally Reviewed at my blog here! Click to visit!

Splat is a big and clumsy cat who is the star of Rob Scotton’s series, Splat. These picture books are funny and short, offering a comical look at a young cat who always falls into trouble. In this installment of the series, Scaredy Cat, Splat, it’s Halloween. We find Splat at school with his classmates who are competing for the title of Scariest Cat. While Splat is more scared then scary, he spooks his whole class and then sends them into a fit
Oct 23, 2015 Aylea rated it liked it
This review originally published at The Children's Book and Media Review

Splat the Cat wants to be the scariest cat in his class. However, this is difficult when Splat is scared of things himself. He’s scared of things like spiders with their scary eyes. When he decides the spider is not as scary as he originally thought, he wants to take the spider to school to go alone with his scary witch’s hat costume. His costume is ruined, so he has to change his costume and no one thinks his new costume or
Bookstork Buzz
Oct 23, 2013 Bookstork Buzz rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
There’s no humour without good timing and Rob Scotton has both.

A very cute story made wonderful by its illustrations.

As with all of the Splat series, nothing ever works out as clumsy Splat the cat hopes it will. But his misadventures always turn out for the best.

This time it’s Halloween. The ever loveable and always frazzled Splat hopes to win the prize for the scariest Halloween costume at school. So he dresses up as a spider. But Spike, dressed as a mummy and Plank, dressed as a skeleton, are
Sep 16, 2010 Cassie rated it really liked it
Shelves: cats, preschool, halloween
Back in 2008, Splat the cat burst onto the scene with his first adventure. Since that time he has fallen in love and enjoyed a Merry Christmas. Now, Splat is ready to celebrate Halloween and wishing to be the scarriest cat at the school party. Can he do it?! With his ever present mouse friend Seymour and wise advice from his mom, Splat heads off to school determined to scare.

Scotton's latest Splat adventure is begging to be read aloud with all the enthusiasm and dramatics befitting this funny f
Sep 14, 2011 Pamelabyoung rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A new book for my fall classroom ritual. This adorable, funny book about a cat who wants to win the award for "Scariest Cat" at school, had us laughing out loud at Barnes and Noble. The book incorporates the wonderful, tried and true "Dark, Dark House" story that fills my music classroom with glee every October. I can't wait to introduce the story to my students this year because I will do so in the middle of reading this book. Perfect.

And if you don't have a need for a children's book about a
Nov 13, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: z-favorites
Review posted 11/18/2011 at Owl Tell You About It.

Okay, so Halloween is long over and we’re gearing up for the next holiday. Still, I had to go ahead and read this (along with every other Splat the Cat book). Rob Scotton does not disappoint. This book was precious. I was expecting Splat to be afraid of something, but this was even better. His mom comes up with the perfect DIY spider costume and I love his scary spider face. I still have a few more Splat the Cat books to read, but this is already
Eden Grey
Sep 07, 2015 Eden Grey rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile
Splat is just a little scaredy-cat, but he wants to be the SCARIEST cat in this Halloween Splat the Cat book. Splat's getting ready for his class's Halloween Party. He needs a Jack-o-Lantern and a costume. Splat decides to dress up as a scaaaary spider. How can Splat become the scariest when he's scared of just about everything? Read the book to find out!

With just the kind of misadventures and fun that any kid can relate to, "Scaredy-Cat Splat" is a perfect book for young readers in the Hallowee
Oct 21, 2010 Christie rated it it was amazing
Scaredy-Cat, Splat was our first experience with the adorable kitty known as Splat. Since reading this we’ve also added Merry Christmas, Splat to our children’s book collection. My daughters absolutely adore both. I’ve lost count of how many times we’ve read Scaredy-Cat, Splat since it arrived on our doorstep. A fun story that encourages child interaction and provokes out of control giggling. Super cute illustrations that feature Splat and his friends. This is a great book to share with children ...more
Oct 27, 2013 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Splat SO wanted to be the scariest cat in his class for Halloween.

After finding a scary spider at his home in the morning, he went to school dressed as a spider. But no one thought he was very scary. Plank, as a mummy, and Spike, as a skeleton, were scarier.

Mrs. Wimpydimple turned down the lights and told a ghost story. The class screamed with fright at the end, which startled Splat. His jack o'lantern flew into the air and landed on his head! As Splat stumbled around the room, the class shrieke
Oct 22, 2011 Tabatha rated it it was amazing
I just read this book earlier today. My mom bought it for my nephew, and I have to say that I approve. It reminded me of first and second grade school. We use to go to the school library around October and they almost always had some new Halloween book they could read to us. I loved sitting on the carpet and listening to the stories, as well as seeing the cool illustrations. I should have known then that I'd want to be either a writer or an artist...Well at least I know now. ;) Anyways, great bo ...more
Oct 12, 2014 Brandi rated it really liked it
A cute book for preschoolers! Splat wants to be the scariest cat at school. His costume pick gets ruined from getting a little too excited, so his mom helps him come up with a new one.
On the way to school, Splat sees a couple friends dressed much scarier than he is and he's convinced he'll never win the award for the scariest cat.
Mrs. Wimpledimple reads a spooky Halloween story in her spooky ghost-story-voice when all of a sudden, the class jumps with fright! Something unexpected happens and l
Sep 10, 2010 Nicole rated it really liked it
We LOVE Splat!!! The pictures are part of what makes this book so adorable. They're funny, quirky, and just so darn cute!! I did read on the jacket of this book that the author is also the illustrator. I love talent like that. It amazes me.

This is another cute adventure for Splat as he attempts to be scary for Halloween but is having a hard time of it. So, so fun! We remembered we had it just in time for Halloween. Nothing real profound or a lesson for your kids, just a fun, darling book with f
Edward Creter
It's almost Halloween, so I thought I'd review a Halloween themed Splat the Cat for your review-loving pleasure. Splat loves to dress up for Halloween, and he wants the scariest possible costume. But as usual with Splatty, his ideas fall short of the glory of the Great Pumpkin. With help from friends, Splat will soon realize that it's not what you dress up as, it's the heart behind it. Splat is so enjoyable for its sweetness of spirit and irresistible humor. Anyone for pumpkin carols? I GOTTA RO ...more
Ramanda Flannery
Oct 30, 2011 Ramanda Flannery rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This was a book about a cat who wanted to win the scariest costume at his school. His costume is not that scary and his pumpkin is smiling. When the class is sitting at the cirlce with the teacher telling scary stories he gets scared and jumps and when he does his pumpkin lands on his head and he scares everyone. He wins the costume contest after all!
I think this is a cute little book to read to kids during Halloween time. It would also be good to teach kids not to count themselves out before th
Oct 03, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it
While light on plot, my kids love Splat's Halloween adventure. And I love these books because they are good for reading out loud, not irritating, and the pictures are so wonderful. Splat is the softest-looking cat I've ever seen, and I want to touch him!

Reading Challenge 2013 note: I am putting this on my Reading Challenge list as a representation/proxy/whatever for over two hours worth of picture book reading to my children over the past few days.
Nov 21, 2011 Haley added it
Genre: Modern Fantasy
Grade Level: K-3
Summary: In "Scaredy-Cat Splat!", Splat the Cat wants to be the scariest cat at school. He doesn't think his costume or jack-o-lantern are scary enough. But, during the teacher's scary story, something unexpected happens. Splat is named the scariest cat at school. This is a funny Halloween story that will keep the attention of readers through the entire book. I'd love to have this story in my future classroom.
Oct 01, 2011 Brittney rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
"Scaredy-Cat, Splat!" is a funny book. I would love to share this with my class around Halloween time. It is an easy read and easy to understand. Splat is scared of a spider so when he has to dress up like something scary he dresses up like a spider. While at school Splats teacher tells a ghost story. Splat gets so scared he jumps and his tail hits a pumpkin that ends up landing on his head. This is a great book to read to children. They would love this book.
Oct 20, 2012 Consuelo rated it liked it
Shelves: young-children
Scaredy-Cat, Splat!" is a rhyming book by Rob Scotton. The story is about a group of cats who are dressed up for Halloween. Splat, one of the cats, wants to win the prize for being the scariest cat at Cat School. It is a very accessible read for emergent readers. The illustrations by scary and reflect the narration. The pictures are effective clues that will guide readers to the meaning of the story.
Jul 01, 2014 Tc rated it really liked it
Shelves: humorous, animals, holiday
I truly enjoy the "Splat" series of books. They are always a big hit in the classroom, and this one would be especially fun in the fall! Scotton's art work is fantastic, and full of detail that children can take time enjoying. Teachers can use this story for text-to-text connections with other Scat stories, for discussions about Halloween and costumes, or maybe to connect an extension science lesson on rotting jack-o-lanterns! Eek! Great book!
Valerie Jones
Oct 02, 2012 Valerie Jones rated it really liked it
A silly Halloween story featuring Splat the Cat
Splat’s class is having a Halloween party. Everyone is bringing their jack-o’-lanterns and wearing costumes. The scariest cat wins, will it be Splat?
A cute Halloween tale, filled with great illustrations featuring the beloved Splat the Cat makes a great Halloween read.
Recommended for readers age 4-7.
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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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