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Copy Cat (Child's Play Library) Paperback – April 1, 2011

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Child's Play Library
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Child's Play International; Pap/Com edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846433673
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846433672
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9.9 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #820,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sometimes a book is an all round example of what a picture book should be and this is one of them. Tightly written in few words, the language is as fresh as it is spare. Juxtaposed with pictures both strong and explanatory, the situations in which the winsome little characters find themselves offer terrific scope for the illustrator, so there's a good variety of colours and action. With the central theme of enduring friendship, a smaller cat's admiration and lack of experience make him copy his bigger doggy friend in everything she does. This leads to frustration on the dog's part and an explosion of 'copycat!' accusations. But when Cat disappears for three days, Dog realises it's better to do things with a friend rather than on your own, so she rushes round to Cat's, only to find him in bed, covered with spots. Dog ministers to her sickly friend with the result that on the following day she's caught the same spotty ailment. Now Cat can say, 'Copycat!' to Dog and take care of her. This book has a lovely resolution, which will help those frustrated by adoring younger ones. Visually, original characters with a very modern appeal show an illustrator whose confident line and wash is coolly sophisticated while subtle yet bold colours create an innovative palette. The final, most important recommendation is that the three-year-old on whom I tested this, remembered the title and chose it from a pile. --Jana Novotny Hunter Books for Keeps 20110301

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By Melissa Davis on February 15, 2014
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This book is so much fun and has a great message at the end. I expecially love yhe art!. we found it at the library, but my 2yr old loved it so much we bought it!
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By Callie Butler on January 2, 2014
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This book reminded me of childhood "copying" battles. Boy did I dislike it when friends would copy me, but then I can't say I never copied them, either. This clever tale is about a cat always copying his best friend, Dog, and doing everything she does. Dog gets tired of Cat's copying and makes this apparent to cat. All of the sudden Cat is no longer around to copy Dog and she realizes that she misses her friend very much and that adventures alone are not so fact way less fun than adventures with a friend who copies you. Dog decided to apologize to Cat and to find out where he has been. I won't spoil the ending, but it is cute and clever and in a certain way we learn that Cat isn't the only one who is a copy cat! I checked this book out from a local library and enjoyed it with my little girl so much that we decided to buy it! She is 1.5 is not a very complex book, though I know she does not understand the clever ending, she just enjoys the adventures of these two friends. I think it is a great book for all ages, really, but would recommend it for ages 2-10.
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