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Chicken And Cat Clean Up Hardcover – March 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439634083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439634083
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,568,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—Chicken and Cat return in this wordless graphic picture book that continues to explore their friendship and adventures. Cat longs for a pet but has no money to buy one, so Chicken invites him to be part of his housekeeping business. The problem is that his pal has no skills and, after a series of cleaning disasters, the hapless feline is banished to the front stoop. There he witnesses a purse snatching, captures the mouse villain, and is celebrated as a hero. With his reward money, Cat buys a pet turtle and Chicken expands his business into a "mousecatching" service. Varon's quirky ink and Photoshop illustrations show the endearing big-eyed duo from multiple perspectives through spreads as well as smaller panels. Readers will love following the tale that Varon so clearly illustrates.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
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From Booklist

As in Chicken and Cat (2006), Varon’s story is wordless, relying on visual cues to carry the narrative. The two cooperative critters run a housekeeping service where Cat fouls up the cleaning, but saves the day by catching a purse-snatching mouse. Varon’s bright, clean artwork is easy to dive into, and the wordless interactions are amplified by facial expressions and body language. While each page is essentially an enlarged comic panel, there are also a few multipanel pages that will help introduce kids to the conventions of graphic storytelling in a picture-book package. Preschool-Grade 2. --Ian Chipman

More About the Author

Sara Varon is a printmaker, comic book artist, and illustrator currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She is also an avid runner, recreational boxer, baker, movie watcher, and a compulsive dog petter. Visit her online at www.chickenopolis.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Sara Varon, Chicken and Cat Clean Up (Scholastic, 2009)

Every time I bring this book to mind again (I read it a week and a half ago and have been letting it rattle around in my head ever since), I can't get past comparing it to the movie Sunshine Cleaning, which couches so many of the same themes in a decidedly more adult (and more destructive) milieu. Because of this, you probably already have a handle on the (wordless) story: chicken and cat go into the cleaning business together, but cat is clumsy and keeps messing things up, so their employer sends him outside (so as not to cause any more damage), and he ends up finding something he's good at doing while pondering his future in the cleaning business. Very nicely done, very cute, and I wish I'd jotted down on the spreadsheet that it was a sequel so I could've read the first book first. No matter, though; because it's wordless, could be a hit with just about any age, from pre-readers who will be enchanted by Varon's color schemes to those who find themselves too old for kids' books but are just starting to discover graphic novels and manga. *** 1/2
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yana V. Rodgers on August 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Chicken operates a housekeeping business in Brooklyn, NY. Demand for his service is strong, so he asks his good friend Cat to help. Unfortunately, Cat errs on the lazy and clumsy side, so mistakes happen. Is this partnership doomed to fail, or does Cat have some redeeming qualities that could contribute to the enterprise? With its wordless format and expressive illustrations, this dynamic book serves as a useful vehicle for enticing children to create their own story and talk about what it takes to run a successful business.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Sara Varon's CHICKEN AND CAT CLEAN UP tells of two best friends. When Chicken opens his own housekeeping business, Cat comes to mind as the perfect partner - but he's clumsy and is making lots of mistakes. How can Chicken and Cat be in business and still be friends? A fun story of cooperation and shared goals evolves.
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Sequencing, story grammar, theory of mind, vocabulary... by far the most perfect SLP tool for wordless story interventions EVER!! Buy this book and let three-to-four lessons plan themselves!
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