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Splat the Cat Hardcover – July 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 390L (What's this?)
  • Series: Splat the Cat
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060831545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060831547
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 10.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2—Fans of Scotton's Russell the Sheep will immediately recognize the offbeat humor in Splat the Cat. The fuzzy black feline is worried about his first day of school, and despite determined attempts to avoid the inevitable, he ends up there. School is a combination of fantastic revelations and baffling mysteries. Most puzzling of all for Splat is the news that cats chase mice. He does not chase mice. In fact, he has a pet mouse whom he has packed in his lunchbox because he wants a friend with him on his first day. The sight of the mouse causes chaos, but proves fortuitous when Seymour saves the day by crawling through a small hole to unlock the milk pantry. Cheered by the fact that school is, in fact, wonderful, Splat excitedly returns on the second day. This lighthearted story, told with a generous helping of humor and goofy characterizations, will have broad appeal. The backgrounds are full of great details, like the fish-bone wallpaper in Splat's room and one of his classmates clutching a Russell the Sheep doll. There is something new to find with each reading. The use of monochrome in the illustrations, with a touch of color here and there, emphasizes the idea of school as a place of uniformity where fresh ideas are allowed to break through. Splat is a welcome addition to the first-day-jitters canon and a fun book to read any time of year.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
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Scotton offers a feline so fuzzy and appealing that kids will want to reach out and touch. It’s Splat’s first day at cat school, but instead of jumping joyously out of bed, he hides under the covers, tail and paws peeping out and round eyes just visible beneath the sheet (an extremely clever touch). Alas, Mom’s not buying the ruse, so Splat is soon on his way to school, mouse pal, Seymour, in his lunch box. He’s welcomed enthusiastically by his cat classmates, and lessons go smoothly—until he learns that cats are supposed to chase mice! Poor Seymour. A tidy twist at the end, notwithstanding, the story is fairly unremarkable. The artwork, on the other hand, is stellar and lots of fun. Cat-themed details are strategically placed throughout, and a scattering of clean-lined objects in bright colors provide great contrast to goofy-looking, spindly-legged, coal-black Splat and his toothy, shades-of-gray kitty classmates. Splat’s very visible, very childlike enthusiasms and concerns will resonate with kids, who will flip through the pictures more than once. Preschool-Grade 1. --Stephanie Zvirin

More About the Author

Rob Scotton is the author and illustrator of the bestselling Russell the Sheep and Russell and the Lost Treasure. His work can also be found on greeting cards, ceramics, textiles, prints, stationery, and glassware. An honors graduate of Leicester Polytechnic, Rob now lives in Rutland, England, with his wife, Liz, who is also an artist.

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Customer Reviews

Splat the Cat Wonderful book for 1st graders.
CPC,CCSP
It's a book that I think both parents and children will enjoy reading over and over again.
The Well-Read Child
I love reading it to the kids at school and my nieces and nephews.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ami Hassler on July 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
So I totally thought I could never adore a literary animal as much as I liked Russel in Scotton's Russel the Sheep, but today I met Splat, and I think Russel may have to move down a spot on my list. Splat is a really fat and frizzy black cat, heading off to his first day of cat school. As his tail "wiggled wildly with worry," Splat decides to bring his pet mouse and best friend, Seymour, to school with him. Well as you can imagine, bringing a mouse to cat school causes all sorts of mayhem. Luckily, being as small as a mouse, Seymour is able to get the door to the milk cupboard unstuck and save both his and Splat's day. For the second day of school, Splat's tail "wiggled wildly with excitement. "

While the cover for Splat the Cat would have you believe that this is just an ordinary cat and mouse tale, every illustration offers something unexpected and whimsical. Whether it be the alarm clock pointed to "too early" or Splat's little mouse slippers or the cat with a cheshire grin full of braces, I found that I scanned every page multiple times to make sure I hadn't missed anything. Not to mention, Splat is drawn perfectly. Every frizzy little hair on his head indicates the worry and excitement Splat feels about the first day of school. And the best part is, Scotton reminds readers that for all our worrying, most things come out all right in the end.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By B. Rodgers on July 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I work in a small independent book store and get to see all the latest children's books. Unfortunately, most of the 'newer' authors leave me cold. Not so with Rob's wonderful characters and illustrations. He makes me laugh out loud (I'm 61) so I have to say his books will appeal to and entertain children and adults (which helps when your child asks you to read the book for the 48th time)
Buy his books...all of them. They will be classics in years to come. They are a welcome addition to the growing collection of 'best of the best' children's books that await my grandchildren.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Cox VINE VOICE on August 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
We are a couple owned by a cat, as anyone who knows cats understands. We also own a bookstore. But enough about us, Hobo says. Here's Hobo's take on "Splat the Cat":

Hobo: Splat is a cute kitten. Take it from this famous and handsome cat, I recognize Splat's anxiety about the first day of school. Way to go, Splat, for hanging in there. I give you two thumbs up (I really do have thumbs!)

People owned by Hobo, bookstore folks: people love this book. I just had someone buy this out of the store this morning, at full price, which is saying a lot, because hardcover books are getting soooooo expensive at full retail price. But these parents didn't even bat an eyelash, because their daughter was obviously entranced and highly amused by Splat.

We have Splat on display in our store right by "Hobo Finds A Home", "A Home for Dixie", "Chosen By A Horse", "Rescuing Sprite", "Kitten's First Full Moon", Chester and "The Art of Racing in the Rain".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CPC,CCSP on February 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Splat the Cat

Wonderful book for 1st graders. I bought this book for my sister's first grade class and they ABSOLUTELY love it. She has even had them write a "story" about Splat!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Holding Down the Fort on August 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'd really like to give this book 2 or 3 stars, but my 2 1/2 year old daughter is IN LOVE with it. I can't understand it, as the actual story is really choppy and, in my opinion, kind of poorly written. Maybe the author knows more about 2 yr olds than I do, because what he has written works for my daughter! It has been THE book she picks out before bedtime for almost two weeks now. I'm terribly tired of reading it, but at least the illustrations are entertaining. Bottom line, the book is for her not me so I'll give it 4 stars (can't bring myself to click 5)!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Jackson on July 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I love Splat the Cat. Great/Wonderful/Fun illustrations. I hope there will be a sequel. Great message.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S&H Schafer on August 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book earlier in August for my son who is starting Kindergarten this year. I was immediately drawn to the cover illustration. My son LOVES this book! We have read Splat nearly every night for two weeks straight. The story is straightforward and easy for younger children to follow. The story jumps from one event to the other during Splat's first day of school, which may leave adults and older children longing for additional explanation. I did have to help explain to my son what it is that Splat whispers into Seymour's ear, as he didn't understand at first what happened. And also when the cats were running from the mouse ("Why are they still running? He's a small mouse"). It actually provided a great opportunity for us to talk about what was happening in the story. "Oh! Splat told Seymour to open the cupboard because he can fit under the door!" But my son was laughing with almost every page, and in the end when Splat's tail no longer wiggles with worry, but excitement, my son reads along as he has almost every page memorized. Of course I love it more because my son loves it so much. And who wouldn't want to read a story about a cat named Splat going to school!? We both enjoy the illustrations and story so much, I'm online now to purchase Russell and the Lost Treasure.
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