Splat's class project is taking care of chicken eggs in this I Can Read book from New York Times bestselling author-artist Rob Scotton. When Splat takes the chicks home overnight, they hatch and run loose around his house! They pop up in the bathroom, hide inside his socks, and fall asleep in the paint box! Will Splat be able to round them all up? Beginning readers will practice words in the quick and chick word family in this easy-to-read addition to the Splat series. Splat the Cat and the Quick Chicks is a Level One I Can Read book, which means it's perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.
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 lives in Rutland, England, with his wife, Liz, who is also an artist.
Her class ran an experiment in the classroom: they got an incubator and eggs from a farm, followed up all the process and are now, after hatching, taking care of the chicks until they go back to the farm. She's learned a lot the last few weeks.
To top it off, her fantastic teacher requested this book from the library and read it to the class. Then she offered my daughter, still struggling with her reading, to take it home to read with us. Splat is a favorite at home, so this book was just perfect.
I normally LOVE Splat the Cat, but this one wasn't a 5 star for me. Classroom pets can be somewhat relatable to kids, but this is limited because of allergies they don't do it a whole lot. It is a good way to show setting change to kids since he goes all over his house & to/from school. It just wasn't as energetic as some of the others to me.
The youngest member of the household has been able to read this one by themselves for some time but they are a fan of fluffy chicks and being read to, so this time the child asked that I read the text aloud. Cuddles, and cooing about fluffy chicks, ensued.
It seems that quotation marks to indicate speaking is pretty common by lexile level 400, and that's evident in this one, too. Harder words and more complex sentences are evident as we change tenses pretty often.
Splat is entrusted with the class eggs by his teacher. He does everything he can to keep them safe. Then the hatching begins and Splat has a tough time keeping up with all of them. Cute story and hilarious illustrations. Kids will surely enjoy this one. Highly recommended for Grades 1-3.
Splat the Cat wins the draw to take home the class pets: twelve chicken eggs. He makes them cozy in a dresser drawer and goes to sleep. When he wakes up the next morning, the chicks have hatched and Splat has to find them as they get into mischief all around his bedroom. Silly exploits abound as Splat tries to gather up all the chicks and get them back to school. One and two syllable words, assonance, and alliteration, combined with cute drawings of a cat make this a humorous adventure new readers will enjoy.