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Kat Kong by Dav Pilkey
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Nov 16, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: animals, cats, picture-books, mice, read-aloud, retelling-of-a-myth, si-624-reviews, funny, proverbs, boys, k-2, girls, monsters
Read in November, 2011

Kat Kong has been out of the bag for around 18 years, but this comical re-telling of King Kong still holds the power to tickle and delight readers of all ages. The story begins when three mice explorers travel to an uncharted island. On that island, they find Kat Kong: a giant cat! They capture Kat Kong, and take him back to Mousopolis. During the unveiling, Kat Kong breaks out of his bonds and escapes to the top of Romano Inn, with beautiful Rosie Rodent. However, Captain Limburger tricked Kat Kong into falling off by taunting him with a wrapped present, thus causing Kat Kong into losing his balance and falling to his death.

What really makes this picture book enjoyable is the unusual formatting and the playful language. The text does not reveal all of the actions of the plot, so the reader must view and understand what is happening in the pictures in order to get the entire story. For example, the text says that the native mice on the unchartered island are performing a ritual for calling Kat Kong. Instead of describing the ritual, the pictures show the mice standing around a can of tuna chanting, "Here Kitt-ee, kitt-ee, kitt-ee." He created a collage using photoshop and acrylic paint, which results in hilarious images because you know the animals had to assume these weird physical stances at some point. The quirky way that Pilkey presents this picture book as a movie by calling himself the director and showing the cast adds to the humorous tone of the book.The mice and cat depicted are the author’s actual pets, which is a nice personal touch. His integration of proverbs about cats in the language also adds to the playfulness. You can tell the author was having as he wrote this book. This is highly recommended for readers in grades K-2.
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