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The Cat on the Mat Is Flat Paperback – September 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312535848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312535841
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Griffiths’s innovative book for beginning readers collects nine short, intentionally silly snippets propelled by kid-pleasing, tongue-tripping verse. . . . Denton’s edgy, stick-figure-filled sketches enhance the zaniness factor and the offbeat, ironic humor.”—Publishers Weekly

“Imagine the outcome if Dr. Seuss, Dav Pilkey, and Lane Smith were locked in a room until they came up with a book for beginning or reluctant readers. These nine rhyming stories have action galore, plenty of dialogue, and ample pen-and-ink illustrations, all wrapped up in humor. . . . Even young people who are struggling to get the hang of reading may happily handle all 176 crazy pages.”—School Library Journal
 
“Definitely not your parents’ easy reader, but perfect for fans of Lane Smith’s HAPPY HOCKEY FAMILY.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Take one part Dr. Seuss, one part Edward Lear, place in a blender with a dash of Dav Pilkey and a bit of Cartoon Network juice . . . meant to be read as pure joy. It's a piece of candy eaten in secret between meals.”—The Excelsior File (blog)
 
“This collection of stories is fun albeit with a touch of mayhem . . . This is a good book for beginning readers, in the same vein as THE CAT IN THE HAT and THE CAT IN THE HAT COMES BACK. It will likely spark a new rhyming nation of happy youngsters, some of whom will grow up to write their generation’s outrageously funny advertising jingles . . . Any beginning reader will find it charmingly slapstick and fun.”—Armchair Interviews

About the Author

Andy Griffiths is the New York Times bestselling author of The Day My Butt Went Psycho!, Zombie Butts from Uranus!, Butt Wars! The Final Conflict, and The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow. In 2007, he became the first Australian author to win six children’s choice awards in one year for Just Shocking! He is passionate about inspiring a love of books in his young readers, and works as an ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Project, which provides books and literacy resources to remote indigenous communities around Australia. Andy is a big fan of Dr. Seuss and of cauliflower. He lives in Melbourne, Australia, and is Australia’s most popular children’s writer.

Terry Denton is known for his humorous illustration style and has worked with Andy on the Just! books among others.  He lives by the sea in Australia with his wife, three kids, and a pop-up toaster that only toasts on one side.

More About the Author

Andy Griffiths is an internationally successful children's author and the award-winning writer of the JUST series and the BUM trilogy. His books have been bestsellers in both his native Australia and the USA. Andy thrives on having an audience; he has been a teacher, the lead singer in a rock band and a stand-up comedian. He lives in Smellbourne, I mean Melbourne, Australia, with his partner and two daughters. Other books by Andy Griffiths to look out for: THE DAY MY BUM WENT PSYCHO, ZOMBIE BUMS FROM URANUS, BUMAGEDDON, JUST ANNOYING, JUST CRAZY, JUST DISGUSTING, JUST KIDDING, JUST STUPID. Terry Denton is well-known for his work with Andy Griffiths on several titles, including the JUST books. He is also an author and illustrator in his own right and extremely popular with audiences in Australia and the US.

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The illustrations are simple and funny.
One more reason to love Scaredy Squirrel.
She loved this book and read it straight through the first night she got it.
DMR
I highly recommend this book for any young reader.
Nancy Gruber

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robinelli on February 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
I saw this in the store and thought my son *might* be interested in this wacky book. I brought it home and read him a few pages and asked him to take it from there. He didn't want to because he NEVER wants to read. I told him that was fine but I wasn't going to read it to him and that he had to do it himself if he wanted to see what happens next. He waited until he knew I was serious and then he dug in. He absolutely never reads out loud without complaining and it was amazing to watch. He started very slowly and gained confidence and speed as he realized this was a big looking book but HE could read it without help. It was so good for his confidence that he wanted to read it to his sister once he finished the book. I had to go right out and buy the next in the series right away. He even sat down and started drawing and writing his own book inspired by this one. I can't say enough about this book!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By One more reason to love Scaredy Squirrel. on June 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a teacher of struggling readers,this book has been a big hit. It looks and feels like a bigger chapter book, but is fun and easy to read. The students really enjoy it and are willing to read it over and over again, which is just what they need. The illustrations are simple and funny. Even my third graders and other fluent readers have fun with the rhymes and silly stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paleo14 on January 9, 2013
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My son asked for this series for Christmas. Once he picked the book up, he couldn't stop reading and giggling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DMR on December 10, 2010
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I ordered this book for my daughter who is in 3rd grade. She is a struggling reader and it is hard to find books that she can read easily that actually hold her interest. She is also starting to get self-concious about how a book "looks" - wants it to be a "chapter book" but can't always read them. She loved this book and read it straight through the first night she got it. It took her about 40 minutes, which is twice as long as she normally reads, and she didn't stop every 5 minutes to ask me how much longer she had to read for! She told me she wants to read it again which is also something I have a hard time getting her to do and even asked me to order more of the series. Thank you Andy Griffiths!
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My son loved this book. It is a great first chapter book!
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By MGB on May 10, 2014
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Great silly book for early readers to gain confidence and make their parents giggle. My 7 year old laughs everytime he reads it to us. And loves to keep reading. Highly recommend. Especially for reluctant readers.
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By M. Wu on March 18, 2014
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i enjoyed reading it to my kids and my kids also love reading it themselves (age 5, 6). It's fun, not any less than Dr Seuss, and the illustrations were fun too (so what if not in color). i personally like the cat on the mat better than the big fat cow... the stories are longer and rhymes more entertaining.
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By BSipes on March 20, 2012
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Found this book at the library and the kids had to have it. My kids have enjoyed this one just as much as "The cat on the mat is flat"
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