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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions; Reprint edition (April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761458417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761458418
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1—A dawdling kitten and her patient mother take part in a daily ritual that will be familiar to parents and children: "Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, are you waking up?/Not yet Mother, I'm a sleepy buttercup." The two continue their back-and-forth exchange as Kitty Cat dilly-dallies and Mother urges her through each step of the morning routine and gets her off to school. Martin uses the repetitive formula that worked so well in Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do you See? (1983) and, more recently, Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? (2007, both Holt), but this time the cumulative questions actually advance a narrative. Kitty Cat is the star of her own show, romping across the pages, knowing that she will eventually get to where she needs to be. There is never a sense of urgency on Mother's part, either, which makes the final line "Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, now we have to go!/Okay, Mother, I'm sorry I'm so slow" seem like an unexpected chastisement. The accompanying picture of mother and daughter sharing a warm hug helps to defuse the negativity. Bryant's illustrations, rendered in watercolor and colored pencil, are playful, light, and absolutely adorable. This book is perfect for sharing one-on-one, preferably while snuggling.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

In many households, getting children out of bed, dressed, fed, and ready for school is an action-packed daily drama, filled with unexpected glitches and strange twists of direction. This delightfully comic rhyming book sets the struggle in a cat household, with one adorably recalcitrant kitten reenacting actions that engender the parental response, how can this be taking so long? For every hurry-up directive the mother cat gives, the kitten has one refrain: “Just a second, Mother.” Readers see the kitten snuggling on the pillow, standing on its head in bed, tearing apart the bedroom in search of socks, discovering and chasing a mouse. All is mayhem and panic. A tiny mouse serves as an interested observer in each watercolor, until he becomes prey, and then one very relieved escapee, as the kitten is finally swept off to school. Children should enjoy this recasting of their own getting-ready sagas. Preschool-Grade 1. --Connie Fletcher --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews

My 2 and 5 year olds love this book.
Sable Murphy
The illustrations are beautiful, the rhyme is catchy and kitty cat is very sweetly portrayed.
M. Jefferson
Cute story, the rhymes are fun to read, and the book is nicely illustrated.
Amy

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By H. Dupre on April 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I really loved the writing in this book as the mother cat tries to get her kitten to wake up and go to school. His responses are cute and priceless.

But even more, oh, the paintings! They're wonderful!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Kitty Cat should be getting ready for school, but is doing anything but as she moves slowly in the morning and finds plenty of tasks far more interesting than preparing for the rest of her day. Her mother guides her to find her things in this very simple story ideal for young picturebook readers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Esther Horn on December 9, 2013
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This story reminded me so much of trying to wake my daughter up everyday that I had to get it. She loves it too. We've read it half a dozen times now and while I point out how much like the cat she is, she points out what the mouse is doing in each picture. She's four now, so I'm hoping this book, with it's repetition and simple words will also serve as a reader for her to practice learning to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol B. Jones on April 17, 2014
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I bought this book for my 3 year old daughter and she really enjoyed it. It's a very adorable rhyming book. The illustrations and rhymes work perfectly together in making a simple yet fun story. My daughter and I read this book almost every day - reading this became one of our bonding moments. This is a great choice for introducing reading to children. Money well spent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alice Adamson on April 22, 2014
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He understands the words. He loves the rhymes, and he likes to pick out the little mouse on each page. The pictures are fun too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ViA on April 26, 2014
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This is a lovely illustrated book which anyone can find very relaxant to childhood. Good rhyme and rhythm
Well done.
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Format: Hardcover
He even laughs out loud or at least giggles at different sections. We have a cat so he recognizeds some of the behaviors as cat like. But I think he also identifies with the story because of how easily distracted the kitten is and how much like a toddler/preschooler that is! Any of us who have lived with a little one who is on "toddler/preschooler time" knows how true to life the distractableness is! Somewhat realistic illustrations (obviously unrealistic scenerios of a kitten getting dressed, going ot school etc.) and unclutter pictures so a young child can really see the message and enjoy it. Gives me an opportunity to talk about not messing around or we will be late and talking about ways the kitten could be on time while still having some fun.

Edited: on second thought, I recommend with reservations. Son is now thinking of excuses as to why he is not doing what he has been asked to do! But well written. He is "reading" it to our cat and we have only had if for a week! So, still a keeper!
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By Lesley Dahlseng on February 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
Distraction is the word. Try telling any young child to get ready for school, and they will find many distractions. It is no different for Kitty Cat, whose diversions range from lost shoes, purr practice, playing with his breakfast dish, to simply standing on his head for fun. These moments are so sweetly written and illustrated that it helps remind us parents to lay down our frustrations and cherish the innocent distractions of our little ones trying to navigate in a big and wondrous world.

This is an excellent book for ages 2 to 5. The word repetition and simple rhyme also make this a great candidate for newer readers. As far as the illustrations, I rate them "purrrfect"! I highly recommend this book!
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