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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152065334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152065331
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 9.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K—The barnyard animals are playing with a red ball that accidentally rolls into the doghouse. Who's going to get it out? Mouse says Cow is big, brave, and strong, and must go first. Cow goes in but does not come out. Pig tries next, as Mouse deems him smart, wise, and stinky. Pig takes offense at the "stinky" designation, but proceeds into the doghouse. Pig does not return either. Duck, as the loudest, goes next—and disappears just like the others. The only one left outside, Mouse timidly calls out, "Can't you come out, Duck?"—upon which Dog appears in the doorway and says, "No! Because I am having duck for dinner." Mouse assumes the worst, but the last spread shows all the animals inside the dog's house sitting down to a meal. Mouse joins the party on the endpapers, just in time for dessert. The simple cartoon characters, scenery, and dialogue balloons are outlined in thick, bold lines. Colors are smooth and flat, with backgrounds done in bright blues, purple, and lime green. The pictures are large and distinct, and will work well with a group. The joke is an old one, but it's always new to kids just beginning to understand wordplay.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
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Praise for What Will Fat Cat Sit On?:
[set star]“A rollicking and highly promising debut.”—Publishers Weekly (starred)
“Fat Cat’s sheepish grin is the running punch line in this cheerful, boldly designed picture book.”—The New York Times Book Review



"Thick black outlines, solid blocks of color, and easily read facial expressions will work well for story times. Allusions at the end to cake and turnips recall Thomas’s earlier A Birthday for Cow!, which featured these four barnyard friends being just as silly. Read both books together, and you’ll have preschoolers rolling in the aisles." -- The Horn Book Magazine (November/December 2008)

(The Horn Book Magazine 2008-11-01)

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The suspense and altogether great story keep already confident readers from thinking it is "too easy to bother with."
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My daughter has me read this story to her at least 10 times a day.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Very New Mommy on August 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
We bought this for our 18 month old yesterday, and have read it to her at least 15 times in the last 24 hours! She keeps asking for it over and over, and everytime, she is very worried, and then relieved at the end. We heard this at storytime and bought it right after on 8/25, so I'm guessing it was released early? Great news for us, because she hasn't gotten tired of the story yet. And surprisingly, neither have we!

The illustrations are just adorable and the story is very clever. It makes me laugh every time, and that is definitely what drew me to the book when we heard it. And look at the illustrations closely - they are also very clever. There is one where they are wondering who is going to go into the doghouse next, and everyone is pointing at Pig, who is looking out at the reader as if to say "Yes, who?" Turns out it's Pig! I hope you enjoy this as much as we have so far!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Candace L. Lindquist on November 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am a multi-decade teacher, currently in special education. ALL of my students love Jan Thomas's books, and The Doghouse is a particular hit. I teach children in every grade of our K-8 charter school, and The Doghouse is the most popular book in my classroom library and among the most popular in our school library. I think Jan's special gift is that her books are accessible to all, and her humor never talks down to her reader. Instead, she carries us all along for the ride and eager for the next book. (Disclaimer: I must confess that it is my privilege to know Jan, but her message is universal.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MathMom on October 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My son got the book "What will Fat Cat Sit On" last year and loved it, so I was happy to find more books by Jan Thomas. This story is amusing and has only a few words per page, which makes it a great book for begining readers. Anything book that my son WANTS to read to me, I endorse enthusiastically!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spudman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In a desert full of bland, purposeless children's books, Jan Thomas is an oasis of intelligence, purpose, and fun. The Doghouse is the second Jan Thomas book I've enjoyed reading and I look forward to more.
The Doghouse features lovable, emphathetic cartoon characters, simple yet effective art, and a word bank well chosen for the audience. With her broad brush strokes, apt colors, and expressive character eyes, the author successfully creates intense mood on the pages. Yes, the concluding joke is not a new one, but it is used well and is a good introduction to play on words for the younger set.
This is a book that begs to be read out loud by an adult reader or by children playing roles. The Doghouse is well worth your consideration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jess on December 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Jan Thomas' The Doghouse will delight young readers.
We all know that kids pick their books by the cover. This book makes it off the shelf with large, bright images on the cover. The bright simple images are consistent throughout the book, and the story is quick and amusing with a fun surprise at the end. Having just a few words on each page keeps early readers confident. The suspense and altogether great story keep already confident readers from thinking it is "too easy to bother with."
Even the youngest kids will have fun guessing what is going on in The Doghouse.

I think this might be a fun storytime book near Halloween, although it is great year-round.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Belo on August 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely LOVE Jan Thomas. Her books are bright & colorful -- enough to capture little wandering ones' attention. My 4-yr. old loved the story and wanted me to read it over and over again. We originally got it from our local library, but ended up checking it out so much that we had to buy our own copy. Great story and great pictures! Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Ladue on February 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Not quite the sweet spot for my very young toddler as What Will Fat Cat Sit On? is, but my toddler likes this story, too. I think the book will make more sense to him when he is a little bit older. He has loved the What Will Fat Cat Sit On? story by Thomas since he was only a few months old, the words and pictures both catching his eye.
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This book was 5-star for me, but my just 3-year old granddaughter was terrified! Even after the happy ending, she still won't let me read the story. She'll only look at the last page. It's a shame because it's a great story and fantastic illustrations but I think she was just not ready for it.
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