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Here Comes Teacher Cat











Here Comes Teacher Cat
by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Claudia Rueda
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2017

There’s just something charming about Here Comes Teacher Cat.

Cat gets woken up to help out Ms. Melba, the Kitty School teacher, who goes away for the day.  Cat does not want to help.  Reluctantly he goes.  First he tries to get out of it.  When that doesn’t work he goes to the supply cabinet.  Using signs, he tells the class they will do music—until they become too loud. Then he decides to build a fish fountain, and the kids take over and build it.  Then he decides art is the next subject, and pour large tubs of paint and models how to get in one and paint the walls and floor.  But then Ms. Melba is about to return!  Told with minimal words, readers just wait for Cat to get in trouble.  Ink and color pencil drawings with lots of character make it fun to read the pictures.

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A Cat is Better












A Cat is Better
by Linda Joy Singleton, illustrated by Jorge Martin
Little Bee Books, 2017

Readers meet ‘confident’ cat at the pet store when a young boy picks him up.  Cat knows he is the most perfect pet and gives the boy permission to take him home.  But wait!  The boy is getting a dog, too?!  The cat knows this is a big mistake.  Readers will laugh as the cat points out all his attributes and all the dog’s foibles, while insisting he is the perfect pet.  But lo, readers will also see the side of the cat that makes mistakes and concessions.  A well balanced, tongue-in-cheek funny story asserting cats are better than dogs.

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This is NOT a Cat!













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!

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Little Night Cat













Little Night Cat

by Sonja Danowski
NorthSouth Books, 2016

Little Night Cat’s breath-taking illustrations will capture reader’s hearts in this heartfelt story of a young boy who gives away his most cherished possessions.

Tony wakes in anticipation of a big day at the animal shelter.  He decides to donate his collection of stuffed animals.  His mother suggests that it is not a good idea, but Tony insists the animals want to do it to help. While at the shelter, Tony is attracted to a gray tomcat, who approaches Tony and purrs.  Without his animals, Tony can’t sleep that night and his mother pulls out of the closet an old, ragged stuffed animal from her childhood.  He begs her to bring the stuffed animal when she returns to pick him up from school.  She does not and he is crushed, until…he sees the surprise waiting for him.

Illustrations are rich in colors, rich in details, and moving. Each page is filled with life. This is the kind of art most can’t afford, but it can be found in a picture book. A book that will be read over and over again.

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How to Catch a Mouse

CatchaMouseHow to Catch a Mouse
By Philippa Leathers
Candlewick Press, 2015

A delightful story where the words tell one story and the illustrations tell quite another.  Perfect for toddlers who like to point out the incongruencies.

Clemmie believes herself to be a fearsome mouse catcher.  She’s an excellent stalker, she’s patient and alert, and she knows everything about catching a mouse.  She is so fearsome, she believes, “All the mice are afraid of me.”  She checks her house, and finds not a mouse until she hears a noise in the kitchen.  She finds a creature wearing disguises.  She discovers a mouse!  Too late, it gets away.  But, she just learned one trick that just might help her catch that mouse, which you’ll have to read the story to discover.

The illustrations are simple, clean and show the mouse watching Clemmie in all her moves.  Chuckles on every page.

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Scarlett the Cat to the Rescue: Fire Hero

 Scarlett the Cat to the Rescue: Fire Hero
By Nancy Loewen, illustrated by Kristin Sorra
Picture Window Books, A Capstone Imprint, 2014

This book is based on a true story of Scarlett who rescued her five kittens by carrying them one by one out of a raging fire.  Animals, especially cats, do not generally return to a fire once they are out, yet Scarlett did four times.  When a fireman discovered five kittens, he looked for the mother and found her across the alley in a vacant lot, her paws, eyes and face burned.  Rushed to an animal clinic, a team worked on all six patients.  Their lungs were damaged by smoke and they were contained in a large oxygen tent to keep them alive.

After three months in the clinic, the kittens were old enough to find their own homes.  But Scarlett was a special needs cat, requiring daily eye drops for the rest of her life.  After careful consideration, they found the perfect home seeking an animal with special needs.

The computer-generated illustrations by Kristin Sorra perfectly support the story, featuring the felines in a scarlett-toned smoky haze giving the appearance and feel that they were in the fire.  Readers will have instant compassion for the cats whose expressions reveal their emotions.  A wonderful book for animal lovers.

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