This is NOT a Cat!
by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Sterling Children’s Books, 2016
As a mouse teacher instructs her mice student on what a cat looks like, a cat enters the classroom. Frightened, teacher and students all scream “A Cat!” and run. As they leave the building, the reader sees the ‘cat’ is only a costume. Inside the costume is a rat. Smugly the rat leaves the building to come face to face with a real cat! Using minimal words and color-filled pages of action, readers can enjoy the humor of all the twists and turns in the story.
If you like humor, you may enjoy other books by David LaRochelle. Check out 1+1=5 and Other Unlikely Additions, a silly book on addition. If you have a budding actor, introduce them to Moo! Using only one word throughout the story, the story is told through voice inflections. Toddlers love this story when they quickly learn to read ‘moo’ and practice their expressive verbal skills. This book sometimes finds its way in junior and high school drama classes, too!