Matilda is sure her cat likes many things. Like playing with wool; however, clever readers will be able to guess that Matilda’s interpretations of whaMatilda is sure her cat likes many things. Like playing with wool; however, clever readers will be able to guess that Matilda’s interpretations of what her cat likes isn’t quite accurate. Upon turning the page Matilda discovers what the readers already guessed…that perhaps Matilda’s cat doesn’t like “playing with wool.” Instead Matilda tells us another thing that her cat likes. And so on until we discover the one thing that Matilda’s cat really does enjoy.
This is quite a fun little book that will help readers learn about deciphering clues as to what is happening not only by reading the words on a page but also by looking at the clues in the illustrations and expressions of the characters. Readers who have a special love for young furry things will have an extra special place in their hearts and homes for this story. A great edition to any pet-lover’s library....more
Lily wanted a dog, but her parents said they were too “messy” so she got a kitty. Lily has fun getting to know her kitty…at first. But then the kittyLily wanted a dog, but her parents said they were too “messy” so she got a kitty. Lily has fun getting to know her kitty…at first. But then the kitty started being naughty. The kitty got into food, destroyed the living room, and leaving surprises around the house. However, readers know that there is something afoot. For the kitty isn’t the only kitty around and readers know just what is really happening at Lily’s house.
This is a delightful book. I wondered how Adam Stower could create a feline book as good as Silly Doggy! but I think he has sure come close. The subtle way that readers can spot the tiger (or parts of the tiger) in various spreads is great. And how that giant tiger is always just out of site of Lily (but not the kitty, take a look at the kitty’s face as the yappy dog is running away) is quite funny. This will be a perfect edition to one of my story times on cats or tigers. (Although the fun bits like what is in the newspaper on the table will be just for a small chuckle for the adults who read the book to the youngsters.)...more
This is a fun story about Scribbles (a cat that is drawn with “scribbles”) and Ink (a mouse that is a solid black color, like ink). They are friends.This is a fun story about Scribbles (a cat that is drawn with “scribbles”) and Ink (a mouse that is a solid black color, like ink). They are friends. In this particular story Ink finds a flyer that tells about a drawing contest. The contestants must draw a dinosaur…and the deadline is “tomorrow”. However, the winner will get to go to Mudslpash Mountain “the muddiest place on earth!” And with a prize like that, Scribbles and Ink decide they must enter the contest. Scribbles draws first (with a pencil). But the dinosaur doesn’t look quite right. Then Ink draws. But Ink draws an egg (that has a dinosaur inside it). Of course it hatches and thinks that Scribbles and Ink are the “Mommy” (until it sees Scribble’s dinosaur drawing). Knowing that they won’t win the contest with the dinosaurs that they drew, both Scribbles and Ink decide to do something for their friend. Ink draws an award for Scribbles. And Scribbles draws some buckets (that happen to have mud in them) so they can have their very own mud party.
This is a humorous story. I like how the friendship between the two animals is so complimentary. I also enjoy the fact that there is so many references to art in here. Kids might not notice the fact that the names “Scribbles and Ink” complement how these characters are drawn. But they won’t be confused as to which character draws what (Scribbles has a blue pencil and Ink has a red paint on a paint brush). And the fact that things come to life from imagination and a little bit of drawing will entice young readers. This is the type of book to give to readers who have read every single Elephant and Piggy book and are looking for something new. Hopefully Mr. Long will bring about other fun Scribbles and Ink books....more
Ok, this one is better than the other Pete the Cat easy readers. But it is still not as wonderful as the picture books. At least there is hope that thOk, this one is better than the other Pete the Cat easy readers. But it is still not as wonderful as the picture books. At least there is hope that they won't always be somewhat horrid...but I do wish that the things I loved about the picture books were still in the easy readers. Musical refrains anyone? ...more
Seriously. I miss the singing Pete the Cat from the picture books. These early readers are probably just fine for kids who love Pete...but I don't knoSeriously. I miss the singing Pete the Cat from the picture books. These early readers are probably just fine for kids who love Pete...but I don't know that I would recommend them due to the fact that they aren't the Pete the Cat that I fell in love with. Where is my singing rhyme that repeats itself? Where is the comical ending? Where is the Pete the Cat that I can tell in my library story times?!?! *sigh* I miss the Pete from the collaboration of James Dean AND Eric Litwin! (And my coworker seconds my comments.)...more
So without even really looking at the cover I opened this book. And on the first page I thought, "This looks like a Nikki McClure book because the blaSo without even really looking at the cover I opened this book. And on the first page I thought, "This looks like a Nikki McClure book because the black and white illustrations are so beautiful." Then I looked at the cover and saw it was a Nikki McClure book and thought, "No wonder I was so impressed with the illustrations."
Indeed, this is another example of how Nikki McClure knows just how to make a great book full of impressive illustrations. And this one happens to be on cats which goes well with little kitty-lovers. Each page has one word that describes one bit of a cat's life (like "clean" or "pounce" or "scratch"). Yet when looking at the illustrations you also get a sense of more than just a word per page...each word strung together makes a story. And I also love the blue spot color (and the butterflies). This is a charming book....more
I think I would like this more if I actually had/liked pets. But I can see how others would like it. And yay for the alphabet set up (twice) althoughI think I would like this more if I actually had/liked pets. But I can see how others would like it. And yay for the alphabet set up (twice) although that makes it way too long for my story times....more
Two kittens are excited that it is race day. Then Cheetah hears them talking. He reminds them that he is great. He is fast. And he can’t lose a race.Two kittens are excited that it is race day. Then Cheetah hears them talking. He reminds them that he is great. He is fast. And he can’t lose a race. The kittens have other plans. They decide that it isn’t just one race…they will have multiple challenges happen that day. Cheetah decides that he will win them all. So they go about all kinds of racing…flower jumping, pie eating, yarn pouncing, etc. And with each win that Cheetah has he earns a prize. A prize that makes the next challenge all the harder to win. Then comes the BIG race. And the kittens are in their element.
This is a hilarious story! But then again, what else would I expect from Bob Shea? I love how there are so many mixtures of textures and illustrations. And the text is just perfect. There is one color that means Cheetah is talking and one color for each of the kittens. And when both of the kittens are speaking, then the letters alternate between the two kitten’s colors of text. All in all, this is a fun book that is pleasing both as a story and with all the extra illustrated details. Fun!...more
I liked this book. But it wasn't as amazing as the other Pete the Cat books. I miss the sing-song feeling. But I guess that is what you get with an eaI liked this book. But it wasn't as amazing as the other Pete the Cat books. I miss the sing-song feeling. But I guess that is what you get with an easy reader. However, in this book Pete strikes out, drops a fly ball, and is thrown out (after walking). So he never does anything right. But it's still okay--or at least that is the message. Even though children sometimes don't do things right, sometimes they do. And I kindof was hoping Pete would do one of the three things right. But he didn't. I'm glad he still had a good attitude, but this book didn't feel as up-beat and happy as the ones with the free songs on the publisher's webpage. *sigh*...more
Okay, seriously. I LOVE THIS BOOK! I didn’t know much about it going into reading it. I just knew that it had a good review. Well, now I know why! SerOkay, seriously. I LOVE THIS BOOK! I didn’t know much about it going into reading it. I just knew that it had a good review. Well, now I know why! Seriously, I think that one of the happiest things in the world of juvenile fiction is that this is going to be a series of brilliant books. And that will make me very happy! Especially because this is a level that doesn’t have very many things that I love. It is harder than the easiest readers. But it isn’t as hard as a Nancy Drew book. It is probably on par with the Magic Treehouse sort of books. And it is the smaller size (for younger readers to hold) and has the larger text (for those just learning to read) and loads of white space and illustrations. Plus, the story is actually good. And not just good, it made me laugh out loud. Which is important! So what is it about you ask? Well, let me tell you.
Nick and Maxine move into a new apartment. One day Maxine has her brother come to her bedroom and stand on the dresser to look out the window. (And yes, Nick asks how Maxine knew that he needed to do that. Which is such a great question to bring up in this type of book. If kids are going to do weird, crazy things at least they might acknowledge that they are doing them…even if Maxine never really told Nick how she discovered that a kid needed to stand on top of a dresser to actually see something important.) Anyway, while Nick is on top of Maxine’s dresser he discoveres that behind all of the apartment buildings on the block is a tiny little house. But there is no way from the street to get to the house. And this leads to Nick and Maxine going on a quest to ask the janitor (who was in the boiler room) about the house and how to get there.
Mike the janitor tells them that the nice old lady Mrs. Noodlekugel lives there and that they just have to get to the house by going through the boiler room, but to not tell their parents that he told them. Of course later the parents randomly decide to tell Nick and Maxine that they should never go bother the nice Mrs. Noodlekugel or to go to her house or even step on her porch. And, you know exactly what adventure Nick and Maxine head off to do.
There they find a wonderful place with a nice old lady who is every bit as nice as Mike or their parents told them she was. And there is also a talking cat. And some mice who help with cooking.
Seriously, I will say it again. This was a great beginning chapter book! I also loved what the parents had to say at the end of the story. I really shouldn’t say too much more about this book. Because, well…it is one that should be read and enjoyed. So stop reading this review and head out to find this book. Then read it. Then read it to your favorite kiddo…or watch them read it. Because it is funny. That’s why....more
What a fun, simple board book. Checkers wears checks and Dot wears dots. And then there is the cute cat named Stripesy and the cute dog named Spot. ThWhat a fun, simple board book. Checkers wears checks and Dot wears dots. And then there is the cute cat named Stripesy and the cute dog named Spot. The striking black and white illustrations are perfect for little eyes that are just starting to pay attention to contrasting images and colors. And the simple story/text is just right for small attention spans. Nice! I should check out the rest of this series......more
I must confess I at first didn't understand the magic of Pete the Cat. I thought that they were interesting books with odd rhyming/rhythm patterns. BuI must confess I at first didn't understand the magic of Pete the Cat. I thought that they were interesting books with odd rhyming/rhythm patterns. But when you listen to the free download of the book being read with the song being sung, then they become a classic that you just can't get out of your head.
That being said, Pete the Cat Saves Christmas is like that. I didn't understand how to "read" the book until I could "sing" the book. And now I can't help but love it. I love how Pete the Cat helps and wants to save the day when Santa can't. I think the song has been stuck in my head for days, and I don't mind. Even though it isn't time to sing Christmas songs yet. I just can't help it, I love Pete the Cat.