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3.33  ·  Rating details ·  241 ratings  ·  48 reviews
From the award-winning, bestselling picture book creator of My Car, My Bus, and My Bike comes what Booklist called “Another ideal read-aloud choice from Barton.” 

Jim the cat takes a tour of the various rooms and objects in his house, introducing young children to the concept of home. A modern preschool classic.

Using bright, simple illustrations and clean prose, Byron Barto
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 12th 2016 by Greenwillow Books
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May 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: baby-books
It's super basic but it's a Barton book! A cat narrates the existence of his house. He likes his human only because she's a slave to his whims. The delightfully bright colors of the illustration cover the dark misery of this human-cat relationship.

A great book for toddlers.
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
I know many people who love Barton, but his illustrative style has never appealed to me. However, this would be a good one to use with two-and-three-year olds, especially since they may identify with the simplistic drawings.
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I can't decide what to think about this series of books by Byron Barton. The text is super simple. The illustrations look like an eight-year-old made them on the computer. But my three-year-old loves them, and he's definitely the target audience. ...more
May 31, 2016 rated it did not like it
What a trippy book.

Normally I love Barton's books; his illustrations tread a fine line between creepy and perfect in the very basic-ness of their nature. The illustrations in this book took a flying leap into super happy land (everything is neon; the cat sits in a rocking chair like a human, but shows off his litter box and acts like any jerk cat--knocks a cup off the counter--and claims the bed is his; and the scale/perspective is all over the place). These things in themselves aren't necessar
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
I have always been a fan of Bryan Barton's picture books, but this one while listing the various and illustrating the various parts of cat's house was not appealing. It was the brightness of the colors used in the illustrations, just not appealing to my eyes. ...more
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This author can do no wrong!
May 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture, toddler
A cat gives you a tour of his house
This is a good book to read to children. Also it's a good book to start children learning to read. And I feel that the animal will make it more fun, for children. ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
With bright, clear illustrations and clean prose, award-winning and bestselling picture book creator Byron Barton deftly familiarizes young children with the various rooms and important parts of a house in this companion to his critically acclaimed My Car, My Bike, and My Bus.

Jim the cat leads a tour through the bedroom, the kitchen, and even onto the roof before his owner Jane comes home and makes his dinner. The rhythmic text and bright illustrations make this the perfect book for repeated rea
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I am trying to find a picture book for the first couple of weeks of kindergarten. I was hoping this book, besides giving an overview of the areas of the home, also provided some favorite spaces--but of course, it can easily lead to that conversation. Although not completely what I was hoping for, I do like how fitting it is for the target audience, especially since a cat is telling the story.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
Nope. The illustrations, if you can call them that are hollow computer generated shapes with absolutely no personality and heart. Oh, what about the actual story? The images on each page were too distrating.
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Simple, as all Barton's books are, this one has super bright (almost too bright) illustrations. But, toddlers love being able to relate the book to their own lives. A good read aloud for toddlers to have a discussion over differences between Barton's house and their own houses. ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-and-g
This was all pretty simple in a way that I felt like my 3 year old could appreciate, but offbeat enough that I liked it too - like the cat knocking the cup off the countered, uncommented on. Plus it's got a little very mild potty humor/learning (now my kids know what a litter box is!). ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Simple but my 2 year old looked at it over and over again and completed the sentencr "My house ..." with her own narrations. ...more
not as good as some of his others. like the twist that it's the perspective from the cat though ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Simple, bright, and colorful. Perfect for a toddler story time.
Alyssa Tabor
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun, bright, simple illustrations. Easy and descriptive text. Should work great in baby storytime.
Characters made me think of Rosie & me!
Danielle Joseph
Feb 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
Not for me. I found Barton's illustrations for this story quite garish. ...more
Amy Chesman
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good, simple read-aloud for a young audience.
Elizabeth Moreau Nicolai
Bright photos and simple text make it perfect for baby storytime. Paired with the classic Mouse's house flannel board game. ...more
A.C. Paige
A cat names the things in his home. This may be more appropriate as a board book for a baby learning new vocabulary.
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A simple introduction book about the parts of a house becomes a visual adventure for young children when it is led by the main character Jim the Cat and the skillful talent of author/illustrator Byron Barton. Jim winds his way on and around the house as only a cat can do until his owner Jane comes home to lovingly feed him his dinner.

The story begins even before the title page as we see Jim and his house in a wide shot of the whole neighborhood. The title page brings us closer to the house wher
Evan Childress
Oh Byron Barton, marry me. This is the best book yet! Jim the orange cat introduces us to his house, inside and out in a simple and colorful way. The large, bold illustrations make this book perfect for a toddler learning new vocabulary words to describe the world around them. Talkers will enjoy pointing out the different things they recognize, and there are many things on each page to talk about and notice.
May 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
I didn't like it - I thought the text was boring and the illustrations were done in Paint - but I also know that I'm not the target audience for this book. For a kiddo juuuuuust starting to read solo, this would probably be a good choice. ...more
May 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: cats-kittens
A bright and colorful tour of a home, told from the unique perspective of a cat. Done as only Barton can - this cheery book will appeal to many preschoolers and would be a wonderful read aloud for storytime.
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The perfect book to engage a toddler/preschool audience. They love the bright colors, the basic shapes, and the relatable concept. There's plenty of opportunities to ask the young audience questions and encourage them to participate in the story telling. ...more
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This fun book for toddlers is a great way to introduce vocabulary words, colors, shapes and you can make a seek and find game out of many possible uses for story time for toddlers! The bright colors will enchant and the cat is endearing. Great for ages 12 months to 4 years.

Rebecca Ann
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great selection for toddlers who are learning the basics about the parts of their house! the bright, simple pictures are cute and engaging. The words are extremely limited. It might be a hair long for their attention spans.
Deidrah Reeves
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great for Wiggles or Toddlers! Colorful and simple.
Uses a cat as main character.
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