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Fat Cat

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  125 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Have you ever heard the saying, Your eyes are bigger than your stomach? Well, Cat's stomach is bigger than a lot of things. He is always hungry, and living with culinary-inclined Mouse, who makes thirty-five pies in one day, just makes it worse. Fat Cat swallows everything in sight, including the washlady and her washtub, a troop of soldiers and their swords, even a king a ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 13th 2005 by August House Publishers (first published January 25th 2001)
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Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing

I have read almost every folktale from every country around the world, but I have rarely read any folktales from Denmark and this is one of the first folktales I have read from Denmark. “Fat Cat: A Danish Folktale” is a Danish folktale (as said in the title) that is retold by Margaret Read MacDonald along with illustrations by Julie Paschkis and it is about how a greedy cat ends up eating everything and everyone in his path! “Fat Cat: A Danish Folktale” is a truly hilarious tale that every child
Feb 28, 2016 added it
Shelves: pk-5
Title: Fat Cat: a Danish Folktale
Author: Margaret Read MadDonald
Illustrator: Julie Paschkis
Genre: European Folktale
Theme(s): Folktales, animals—cats, animals—mice, folklore, Denmark
Opening line/sentence: “A cat and a mouse kept house.”
Brief Book Summary: A cat and a mouse are living together, but the cat is always hungry. He eats the mouse and then proceeds to eat the mouse and all the other friends that call him fat. At the end of the day the mouse saves the day.
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Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
MacDonald surely does know how to tell a tale, and to choose an illustrator up to the task of enhancing her text. The pictures here are just as outlandish and fun as the story. I love the design, especially in the beginning, when the reader has to rotate the book to see everything. And I love the ending, which is almost like an epilogue; the book doesn't just end when the adventure is over, but shows how characters and relationships have developed.

Bonus, as is also usual for MacDonald, there is
Sara Jones
Aug 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
I heard Peter tell this story at a preschool storytime and he was fabulous. I'm very jealous. So... I checked the book out and plan to copycat him as soon as I possibly can. (I also catch myself singing the fat cat song at random moments = FUN!)
Caitlin Wilson
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
review: This book contains a character which is a fat cat. This fat cat eats everything in sight, even inedible things. The cat lives with a chef mouse so this makes the matters worse.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-childrens, 2017
A Danish folktale about a very hungry and greedy cat who learns the hard way that "Enough is Enough!" Delightful illustrations.
Zhānlìyàn Liú
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Title: Fat Cat
Author: Margaret Read MacDonald
Illustrator: Julie Paschkis
Genre: European Folktale
Theme(s): Selfishness, generosity, kindness, sharing, friendship
Opening line/sentence: A cat and a mouse kept house, you can see this was not a good plan.
Brief Book Summary: This book starts off with a mouse living with a fat cat that was selfish and not only ate all of mouse's cooking, but also ate everyone, including mouse. The mouse ends up taking a stand and cutting itself along with everyone else
Title: Fat Cat: A Danish Folktale
Author: Margaret Read MacDonald
Illustrator: Julie Paschkis
Genre: European folktale
Theme(s): Friendship, Rhyme Schemes, and The Impact of Kind Words
Opening line/sentence:
“A cat and a mouse kept house.”
Brief Book Summary:
A cat and mouse are friends, and the cat begins to eat everything in sight. He eats people, objects, and animals, including the mouse. The mouse cuts a hole inside him and all of the people and animals flee. The mouse sews up the hole, and the cat
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is about a cat that lives with his friend Mouse who always makes food for Cat. Then one day Cat eats his usual large meal made by Mouse and leaves the house. Cat goes around eating everyone and everything in his sight. Toward the end of the book Cat is really fat and loses so much control that he even eats his friend Mouse! When in Cat’s stomach Mouse sees all the other people and things that Cat has eaten and decides to do something about it. She cuts a hole through Cat’s stomach and ...more
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: home
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Personal Response: This is a great selection for younger readers and reminds me of many stories that are repetitive and build upon the previous event. I enjoyed the rhythm of the text and Cat’s transformation throughout the story.

Evaluation: This folktale includes many motifs found in traditional literature, such as talking animals, kings and soldiers, and a moral at the end of the story. Very young readers will recognize these elements and enjoy the predictable ending of Cat l
Brittany Messer
Sep 03, 2012 rated it liked it
I read this book to my 10 year old cousin who loved the story. Primary children would enjoy this book because it is a easy read and children would laugh about how fat the cat get to be. This story told a great lesson to young children to treat their friends how they would want to be treated. We have all had a time in our life when we have been rude to a friend but they are still there for you when you need them the most. Treating friends with a little respect can go a long way. The text in this ...more
Char Hight
Personal Thoughts:

This Danish folktale was quite a tale. Full of humor and beautiful illustrations, this picture book is sure to enhance a child's imagination. The tale begins with a mouse and cat living together. The cat is greedy and goes throughout the story chanting a little rhyme that is sure to be remembered. The cat learns his lesson and has a change of heart with help from his mouse friend. This tale reminded me of "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly."

Classroom use: (Grades 2-3)

Summary (CIP): A greddy cat grows enormous as he eats everything in sight, including his friends and neighbors who call him fat.

Review: Lovely illustrations by a local artist add to this Danish folk tale. A fun read aloud, with lots of repetition, fun slurping sounds, and moral to boot.

Booklist agrees with me (or do I agree with them?),"The large, funny illustrations will carry well for a bigger crowd and, combined with refrain that invites chanting along, make this a surefire hit for reading
Shawn Thrasher
Jun 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Gobble, Gobble, Slip, Slop: A Tale of a Very Greedy Cat is another version of this story that I like slightly better, but in a pinch this one would do. This is one of those intriguing folktales that seem to almost identical versions from many different parts of the world; this one happens to be Danish.
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: preschool - primary
Just like The Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly, I found this a bit disturbing. Cats eating soldiers and elephants just not my cup of tea to begin with, but the cat getting a hole cut in its belly to let everyone out, unrealistic and icky. This was read at story time as part of letter C day. It made more since once I learned it was a folk tale, but still, I wouldn't pick it up again.
Katie Jackson
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: folklore
This book tells of a cat that eats everything including the washlady and her tub. Everyone that calls him fat, he eats. Mouse had scissors and cut everyone out of Cat's stomach. From then on, everyone refused to call Cat fat.
Miss Sarah
Mar 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
This folktale just didn't grab me about a cat that keeps getting insulted by different people so he eats them until he eats his friend mouse who cuts her and everybody else's way out and then sows cat back up. Cat learns to share with mouse and everyone else learns to be polite.

Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-for-boys
We love this book because it is relatively short, it has a great rhythm for read alouds, it's hilarious and it reminds us of our fat cat.
Michael Fitzgerald
Great illustrations, as is usual from Paschkis, but the telling of the tale did not seem to flow or make enough sense.
Jan 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I really like it, but the kids in storytime did not seem to like it very much. Oh well - maybe I'll try again with an older audience one of these days.
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
retelling of a Danish folktale; repetitive phrases and sound noises make this a fun read-aloud; large, colorful illustrations

themes: cats, gluttony, mice
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
this book is great. it's got funny noises and repetition that my 3 year old loved to do with me
Josie Dipiero
I didn't really like this book. I was surprised at first because the cat ate everyone and then everyone escaped, it was a little confusing.
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Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald travels the world telling stories....always on the lookout for more great folktales to share. She shapes these found stories into tellable tales which anyone can share with ease. Filling her folktale collections with these delightful tales, she creates perfect read alouds for you and your family. MRM wants everyone to experience the joy of a beautifully
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