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Mattoo Let's Play!

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Ruby can't understand why her cat, Mattoo, never wants to play. Ruby is good-natured but is perhaps too boisterous. Will Mattoo ever want to play with Ruby? Will Ruby ever win Mattoo's affection? With striking acrylic illustrations, Mattoo, Let's Play! is a visually rich story that shows how playing carefully and gently with a pet can make all the difference. ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Kids Can Press
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Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
As playful and ridiculous and sweet as it needed to be to pull off the lesson.
Mar 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Boisterous Ruby loves to play with her cat, but her cat is just so shy...or at least that is what she thinks, but the pictures tell a different story! It looks like Ruby just might play a little too rough with her shy cat. But that all changes when one day Ruby and her friend Clemente go on a safari in Ruby's bedroom. Who is that mysterious, fierce, spotted creature in the jungle?! I absolutely love the illustrations in this book. The majority of pages are black and white with a few color accent ...more
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
A simple story, but great starting point for a friendship discussion. The main character in the story seems to not realize that she is too boisterous and adventurous for her cat. We talked about how when you want to be friends with them you have to see things from their perspective and consider playing games that they are comfortable with.

The illustrations in this book a beautiful! They are black and white and very bold, with just a bit of colour. Loved the book.
Apr 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
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One very noisy little girl wonders why her cat won't ever play with her. Maybe Mattoo is shy? She tries to play games with the cat and make snacks for the cat. Maybe Mattoo hates her? However, when her friend Clemente comes over to play, they pretend they are in a jungle and must be very quiet to see the wild animals... and guess who shows up

Fabulously endearing illustrations.
Tina B
Apr 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
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cats, pets, playing nicely, using imagination
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Aug 02, 2010 rated it liked it

Interesting illustrations as the young girl learns to play with a little bit of finesse and quietness from a friend.
Jan 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Exuberant Ruby eventually learns how to play with Mattoo, her shy cat. Visually appealing; fun way to help children learn to play quietly with a cat.
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