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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 220L (What's this?)
  • Series: I Can Read Book 1 (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (July 17, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064442462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064442466
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-Short on plot and long on rhyming words, this series entry is another book of singsong verse that stretches to create a cohesive text. When a fat cat sits on a rat's mat, the rodent tries to convince the animal to move, but to no avail. He calls in his friends bat and hat to help, but it is only after Wilma the witch returns home that the cat moves from the mat. Karlin's illustrations show a golden plump feline just quietly waiting for a confrontation, a timid but determined rat, a somewhat determined bat (the animal variety), and a nondescript hat with two legs and two arms. Soft, gentle colors wash the characters in sunny shades but do not lessen the intensity of the personalities. Emerging readers may have some difficulty in predicting the less-than-logical story line, but the repeated sounds and rhyming words will reinforce their decoding skills. While there are many stronger easy-to-read texts by authors such as Lillian Hoban, Arnold Lobel, and James Marshall, this title is an acceptable offering for those libraries that never seem to have enough beginning readers.
Sharron McElmeel, Cedar Rapids Community Schools, IA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 1^-2. The problem begins when Wilma the witch is out for the evening, leaving at home her pet rat (whom she calls a brat) and her big fat cat. You see, the rat sits on the mat, while the cat sits in the vat, but as soon as Wilma is out of the house, the cat takes over the mat, and since he's so big and fat, he can't be budged, not even when the rat tries to lure him with a fish in a dish. New readers will enjoy the fun of the simple wordplay, even if the book tries too hard at times (the talking hat doesn't really make it). Each page is dotted with the characters, with the big, impervious tabby taking up most of the space. Suitable for readers just starting out. Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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My 6 year old son loved this book.
Jacqueline Beers
The book is silly and funny and I love the rhymes and rhythms of the words.
Allison B. Loht
This book uses words like "hate" and "stupid".
Belle

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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. Marston on April 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
My wife and I bought a bunch of books in the I Can Read series. One of the books was "The Fat Cat Sat on the Mat". I started reading it to my 22 month old son tonight before bed and stopped as I quickly realized the extremely ugly language. How did this book get past the editor/publisher HarperCollins and also the author didn't realize the audience? This book should be pulled from the shelf. See below for some examples:

"The rat hates the cat. The cat does not care. The cat, who is fat, .... The rat hates that."
The witch has a pet rat called "the little brat"

"Then I will go and get my bat, said the rat. It will get you off the mat. No it won't, said the cat."
"You think I am stupid, said the cat..."

Again, it's a shame that we wasted an evening reading this hateful, negative book. This will be returned to the store with a complaint to the bookseller and also I'll write the publisher.

Please vote with your dollar and do not support this.

Thanks,
Brian
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62 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Belle on September 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book uses words like "hate" and "stupid". These words are wholly unacceptable in a book meant for children aged pre-K to first grade.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. Botsford on January 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm in total agreement with the others who have posted negative reviews of this book. I was shocked to read it and have since gotten rid of this book. All the characters have really negative attitudes, call each other "stupid", and "hate" each other. The cat has a profoundly negative attitude and responds with "so what" every time anyone asks him to get off the mat. When the mouse said he was going to get his bat to get the cat off the mat, I was sure it was going to be a baseball bat and the cat was going to be bludgeoned to death. It turns out to only be an animal-type bat, but the fact that I was legitimately afraid that the mouse was going to use a baseball bat on the cat should tell you something about this book. Totally inappropriate for young children and sets a terrible example for all children.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 1998
Format: Paperback
The Fat Cat Sat on the Mat is a great book for beginning readers. My grand daughter reads it several times each day. The story if fun, the illustrations attractive, and the choice of words encourages readers to continue their journey through the book. Most of the words can be deciphered by very early readers; the rest can be figured out through story context. I highly recommend this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
It's amazing that, with so few and simple words, the author has written a story where the characters all have motive and personality, and the plot is interesting. The humorous twist at the end is great!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By TA Mom on November 1, 2005
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Good things:

* Longer and slightly more complex story than most reading books

* Humorous plot with twists (I love how the rat is going to get a bat to get the cat off the mat and it turns out to be a flying bat as opposed to a baseball bat.)

* good rhyming

* my 4 year olds are just starting to grasp reading and this book and its many *at words was just about at their level and appealing enough that they were making an effort

Negative:

* I wish the characters were not so rude (I do think kids can distinguish between appropriate behavior and behavior that needs correcting). Giving them only model behavior is unrealistic and sometimes boring. However, in this book it will be up to you to reinforce any lessons about rudeness.

* I prefer not to have books about witches.

For me the positives outweighed the negatives enough to seriously consider buying it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
Very clever wordplay and -- as many previous reviewers have noted -- young children will be able to memorize the rhymes and recite the book before they can actually read. Much to the delight of parents!
If your child likes this book, I would recommend "Down on the Funny Farm" by P.E.King as a follow-up. It was a natural transition for my three kids. The two books share a similar playfulness and humor, although I think "Down on the Funny Farm" has a little more staying power with the children. My youngest has been reading "Funny Farm" for over a year now and she still counts it as one of her favorites. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Haynes on September 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
After my first reading of this book I thought...

"Wow, what a great accomplishment by someone with what is probably a profound brain injury, or maybe a child for whom English is a newly acquired second language, or maybe both."

It has since occurred to me that this was perhaps written by a bot as some sort of Turing Test (if so it has failed) or at the very least by someone who put too much trust into a rhyming dictionary.

The book starts out on a strange note when we are introduced to a mentally ill broom that has the power of flight and agoraphobia. The broom is introduced to us and then seemingly forgotten, as if a flying broom with dementia can merely be revealed and then disregarded without causing a sense of curiosity and loss, forget the cat and rat I want to hear more about this broom, I mean, it freaking flies!

So then we meet the eponymous cat, who the homeowner seems indifferent towards and a pet rodent she is in love with. this is followed by a clunky situational exposition which lays out the cat and rat's social dynamic with all the tact and grace of a baseball bat to the face.

At this point the first sign of trouble arises as we learn the cat (who has an eating disorder)"just lies in the vat" wait a second, "vat"? Is this an auto-correct error? Does the author not properly understand what a vat is? Or did the author figure that it didn't need to make sense as long as it rhymed?

So, moving on now...

Next we read that while the homeowner was away (maybe going to ESL classes?) the cat extricates itself from this unexplained vat and sits on "the mat" not "a mat" but "the mat" We're only 89 words in and I somehow missed the introduction to said mat?
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