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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  437 ratings  ·  90 reviews
A stray dog pretends he's a cat in order to get a home

When Widget, a little stray dog, stumbles through a flap door into the home of Mrs. Diggs, he sees six cats, six bowls of food, and six warm beds. There's clearly only one thing to do. Confronted by the cats' intense scrutiny, Widget meows, purrs, plays with a toy mouse, and uses the litter box. Having eventually convin
Paperback, 32 pages
Published February 21st 2006 by Square Fish (first published 2001)
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Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Widget is a stray dog without a home, until one day he finds a flap door leading into the cozy home of Mrs. Diggs. After peeking in, he notices she has the perfect setup for her six cats—hot food and cozy beds. Surely Mrs. Diggs is a warm-hearted lover of pets, but will she and her six female cats be willing to make room for Widget?

This book is so much fun to read. The story is laugh-out-loud hilarious at times. I have no doubt anyone with animals will love this story. It’s simple for young read
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
What a lovely happy book! By page 3, I was smiling. By the end, I was shaking with laughter! The illustrations are exquisite!
The preschoolers at the library really liked this one! Widget, a lonely stray dog, finds a nice lady to live with, but there's one problem: she has six cats who don't like dogs! Widget initially pretends to be a cat, until his owner really needs him to be a dog, and the cats accept him. It's not just a cute story, it'll tug at your heart strings too. ...more
Robin Raines-Bond
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Super cute story about a sweet, lonely dog who pretends to be a cat so that he can have a home with 6 other cats. He almost forgets he is a dog until a dog is needed.
The children's librarian recommended this book to L, knowing that she is always looking for new "puppy books" to read. We all really enjoyed this one! The illustrations are absolutely adorable, and the story of Widget the dog who has to act like a cat to fit in at his new home was cute and funny. All of the animals' mannerisms are depicted so accurately through the illustrations that they would be fun to look at and laugh at even in absence of the text. But the story is sweet, too, with a basic ...more
Apr 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
CIP: "A small stray dog is accpeted into a household full of cats by learning to "fit in," but when his mistress is hurt, he demonstrates that being a dog is not all bad."

Lonely and homeless, Widget find a potential home--if he can learn how to fit in with his new roommates. A delightful story for the preschool crowd with beautiful illustrations that add to the humorous tale. Recommended for ages 3 through 6.

Horn Book: "When Widget, a stray dog, wanders into Mrs. Diggs's home filled wit
Lauren Kramer
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Widget is a stray dog searching for a home. While walking in the rain, he discovers the house of Mrs. Diggs. The house is warm and cozy...and filled with cats!

Mrs. Diggs wants Widget to stay but that will be up to her six cats to decide. Widget really wants to be part of the family. Will pretending to be a cat grant him the approval he seeks?

I found this story to be charming from start to finish. Children will definitely relate to Widget and his quest to fit in. This book especially tugged at my
Brenda Kahn
So, one of my colleagues went to a workshop on dyslexia and emailed me from the workshop asking if we had this picture book. We did not so I ordered it ILL through the public library to take a look. It was recommended as a text to teach inferencing. I work with this teacher's students every day and she asked if I'd mind sharing it with her kids. Of course not! It's a very cute story, ably illustrated. The kids enjoyed it. I enjoyed it. The best book for teaching inferencing? Not sure. It's fine. ...more
Connie T.
Imagine what happens when a stray dog wanders into a nice warm home occupied by six cats who aren't particularly fond of dogs. Desperate to stay, the dog pretends to be a cat and becomes one of the family. One day, the lady of the house falls down. The cats try to call for help, to no avail. Then the dog starts barking - and now the cats pretend to be dogs! - and help arrives. Moral: dogs aren't so bad after all. ...more
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pick up Widget for your kindergarten aged children. Short and simple sentence structures, along with repetition of verbs and action, make this picture book an easy read for emerging readers.

Widget has to earn his way into the heart of the group of cats. Once he is accepted, the group has to work together to save their human.

Truly adorable.
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
A whimsy book about a dog named Widget. Great for young kids as the story is told in simple sentences and the art work tells a lot of the story. My children - ages 8, 6, and 4 - all enjoyed it as a read-aloud. It’s a great way to help children think outside the box when it comes to problem solving.
mary dewley
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Crazy cat lady adopts sweet, lonely little white dog who behaves like a cat to fit in. Doggies saves her life by barking when she falls and soon the cats start adopting the same behavior. Cute story about getting along with others.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a cute picture book about a little dog who wants a home, so he becomes "one of the cats". The illustrations are so adorable. He ends up teaching the cats to bark when their owner has an accident. The owner is saved! ...more
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Rather than most books which teach you to be yourself at all costs, Widget is rewarded for conforming to the cats around him in order to make friends. Then, they learn from and are able to emulate him when the situation demands it.
Rachel B.
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Marking this as read seems like it only happened once, but this has been part of every single story time that I sit down to with my preschooler since it arrived, so on average I've been reading it 2x/day for the last week. ...more
L.A. James
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cute art, and the story has a point. Plus it gave us a giggle.
Elizabeth Moreau Nicolai
I've been using this one for years and it remains one of my storytime favorites! ...more
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was funny thinking of a dog pretending to be a cat
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
a simple, sweet story that will please cat and dog lovers alike.
Milton Louie
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Widget finds a home. B
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
One of my favorite easy picture books! The story is adorable with illustrations that enhance. Some universal and timely lessons in this one.
Mama Suzi Moses
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wonderfully charming book. But the human falling in the middle and getting hurt could be a bit confusing and startling for younger readers.
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A dog acts like a cat to fit in to his new home.
Maddie Patty
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a SUPER cute book!!!
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Review by 1st graders: This book was okay, and had a great message. It wasn't nice to look at and it isn't something they want to reread. ...more
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a nice and cute story about a puppy who pretends to be a cat to fit in with a family. Until they need a barking dog and then he shows who he really is to save the day.
Rosa Cline
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Our librarian pulled this book for us, and glad she did! This is a very simple very cute book of how a lonely abandonded dog found his own 'family'...the elderly woman he found wanted to keep him but her 6 cats didn't like dogs. So Widget hisses back at the cats, arches her back back at them and even meows at them so they accept him as a cat and he finds his family. He forgets he's a dog, until his elderly "mom" falls and they need to find help they go out and meow and try and get attention then ...more
Nicole Agadoni
I absolutely love this book! It is about a lonely, homeless dog who sneaks into a little door of a cottage looking for a home. The cottage is occupied my a sweet old lady and her six cats, who are referred to as the girls. Widget is accepted by the girls once he begins to act like a cat, but when his bark saves the day, the girls learn to love him for who he truly is. It is a humorous and heartwarming tale about identity and acceptance. I used it once for a lesson on retelling stories and identi ...more
Mona Al-kazemi
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Rarely does a story demonstrate originality, humor, and appeal all at the same time. I fell in love with this story, and I laughed out loud twice or three times during the events. The story was a pleasant surprise. Why oh why not all stories are like that!

The summary provided in the copyrights page states, "A small stray dog is accepted into a household full of cats by learning to 'fit in,' but when his mistress is hurt, he demonstrates that being a dog is not all bad."

The appeal of the story i
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a cute picture book! Little homeless Widget stumbles across Mrs. Diggs' perfect home, and encounters only one little problem: Mrs. Diggs has six female cats and they can't stand dogs. Widget can adapt! He meows, puffs up, hisses, spits, growls, purrs, plays with cat toys, and uses the litter box, just like the "girls." At first that confuses the cats, but they soon accept Widget as a member of their clan.

When Mrs. Diggs is injured and the girls can't attract any attention to the predicament
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