Miss Annie's not much more than a kitten. Energetic and easily distracted, Miss Annie narrates her everyday life. From fighting with slippery pens onMiss Annie's not much more than a kitten. Energetic and easily distracted, Miss Annie narrates her everyday life. From fighting with slippery pens on off limits desks to taking on enemy leaves, there's plenty to do while guarding the house. Yet Miss Annie longs to go outside even if her owners think she is too young.
Stuck inside, Miss Annie begins to befriend a small mouse she names Keshia. One day the cat discovers a new scent on the air--fresh air. A window was left open and Miss Annie rushes out onto a tree branch in spite of the warnings Keshia gives her. An older cat directs Annie to climb higher. While this didn't worry Annie at all, it made me a bit nervous as I wondered who that cat was and what he wanted.
The illustrations do a great job of capturing Miss Annie's playful spirit in this short graphic novel. I think this would be a good story to read with younger elementary students and would be a better independent read for third-fourth grade. I read an electronic review copy of this book from NetGalley....more
This is a humous look at the writing process. Chester the cat takes over his book from author Melanie Watt. Comments between Chester and Melanie occurThis is a humous look at the writing process. Chester the cat takes over his book from author Melanie Watt. Comments between Chester and Melanie occur in the pictures, writing, and post it notes. The takeover theme is continued on the cover and title page.
When Chester runs into writer's block, Melanie pushes him to think of what kind of story he wants to tell and what setting he needs. Chester has to try out several endings to his story while Melanie and another character give feedback on his work. This could be a great writing introduction for older students as well....more
Mittens has no one to play with so when he hears a bark, he goes to investigate by digging a whole beneath the fence separating his yard from the nextMittens has no one to play with so when he hears a bark, he goes to investigate by digging a whole beneath the fence separating his yard from the next. This very beginning reader may appeal to Biscuit readers who like cats. The story and words are simple, with animal sounds and some repetition throughout. Excitement is added through actions and exclamation points. This would be book to use in helping students read with fluency and expression. There are several other books with Mittens that should appeal to some children's love for series and recurring characters.
Tabby is set up in the alley with a typewriter and a letter for business as a giver of advice. Table scraps are an acceptable form of payment. The staTabby is set up in the alley with a typewriter and a letter for business as a giver of advice. Table scraps are an acceptable form of payment. The stationary used by each of Tabby's correspondents is wonderfully unique.
My favorite letter may be a longwinded one from Pauline the Parrot. Pauline: "I love to talk and talk and talk and sometimes I do find myself talking too much, but then I remind myself I am a parrot." Tabby's response to Stanky is pretty amusing as well with 'for every saltshaker there's a pepper mill.'
I was startled by the random bear in a tutu in this story, but a few pages later I learned the bear was not as random as I thought. The ending of this book is adorably appropriate, but I do wonder what happened to Boots afterward.
A great extension with perspective taking for this story would be to have students write letters to Tabby and then have them answer other letters as Tabby
I loved finding the letter from the groundhog with this book because I'd just finished reading April Fool, Phyliss, which is about a groundhog family. It also pairs well with Cat Secrets. There is an older, non-picturebook that is also titled Dear Tabby that could make for a fun pairing with older elementary students. ...more
Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj begins with a cat saying "I'm sorry--this book is not for you. This book is for Cats Only." I have read a number of books whCat Secrets by Jef Czekaj begins with a cat saying "I'm sorry--this book is not for you. This book is for Cats Only." I have read a number of books where the narrator tells the reader to stop reading. A cat makes it cuter.
The diagram of who cannot read the book reminds me a lot of Scaredy Squirrel. This book definitely breaks the fourth wall as does Mo Willems' We are in a Book. They style of this picture book will appeal to kids who like graphic novels (or could introduce kids to graphic novels).
Before any cat secrets are divulged, the cats in this book demand the reader pass a cat test. This has great potential for a read aloud with pauses for the kids to answer....more