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What Will Fat Cat Sit On? Hardcover – September 1, 2007

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"Familiar animals, repetitive text and heavily outlined page-filling graphic illustrations add up to a lot of laughs. This is a book that toddlers and new readers will reach for again and again."
(Kirkus Reviews 2007-08-01)

“Fat Cat’s sheepish grin is the running punch line in this cheerful, boldly designed picture book. Fun to read aloud, it would also make an effective early reader for preschoolers. . . . By the end, the cow, a pig, a dog and a chicken can be thankful to a mouse for providing a nice fat chair.”
(New York Times Book Review 2007-09-16)

* “Thomas, in a rollicking and highly promising debut, makes this book a laugh-out-loud pas de deux between Dick-and-Jane-get-stylish typography and the supremely silly visual evocation of high anxiety.” (starred review)
(Publishers Weekly 2007-09-10)

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152060510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152060510
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Every reviewer I know of lives by a set of self-imposed rules and regulations regarding the books they choose to willingly review of their own free will. My rules include the following stipulation: "The Reviewer will make a sincere effort to review any title that causes her to do a dramatic spit-take after reading the first page of a book. This may also apply after the far rarer event of snorting milk out the nose." "What Will Fat Cat Sit On?" falls squarely into the latter category. I have not enjoyed a picture book this much since... well, I suppose since the last Mo Willems title hit bookstore shelves. Author/illustrator Jan Thomas certainly hits it out of the park with this funny, not to say supremely goofy, picture book title.

Systematically, a narrator asks a couple questions. For example: Will Fat Cat sit on the cow? As we're asked this, a gleeful feline gives a mildly panicked cow the eye. The cow, however, is assured that the Fat Cat will not sit on him (response: "Yee-haw!"). So will the Fat Cat sit on the chicken instead? In a bout of panic the chicken tries to distract us and suggest the pig. Fortunately neither will be sat on today (though if I were the pig I'd be harboring some pretty nasty thoughts towards that two-timing fowl). Other animals are threatened with the Cat's rump, until a mouse brings up the loony idea of the cat maybe trying a big comfy chair. Problem solved, all the animals give a sigh of relief. That is, until the narrator asks, "NOW, what will Fat Cat . . . have for LUNCH?" Exit cast of characters in a blind panic, stage left.

The plot may not sound like much on the outset, but this book is a born readaloud. Here are the first four pages, "Will Fat Cat sit on . . . the COW? Moo? NO! Fat Cat will not sit on the COW! Yee-haw!
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Reviewed by Three Silly Chicks - Readers, Writers, and Reviewers of funny books for kids.

There have been many deep and philosophical questions asked in literature. What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? But we think the question Jan Thomas poses tops them all. What, Dear Readers, will Fat Cat sit on?

It is most definitely a question worth pondering. Will Fat Cat sit on the cow? The pig? Certainly not the chicken! (If that had happened we would not be reviewing this book--no siree!) Finally the wise mouse comes up with a solution that pleases everyone. In this rollicking book, the reader gets in on the fun as the narrator asks what Fat Cat will sit on with every spread. Each animal is hoping it's someone else, and their witty asides make this book a pleasure to read out loud. We think it's perfect for threes and fours, but older kids (and adults!) will also love the irreverent humor.

Simple, whimsical illustrations complete this perfect package. This is Jan Thomas's first book. We can't wait to see what's next!
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This is such a charming book that I found myself smiling from beginning to end. The illustrations of the animal characters are full of humor and whimsy. Thomas is particularly brilliant at drawing facial expressions on these wonderful animal characters. Toddlers love the repetitive "NOs" they can shout out, and very early readers find the simple words easy to manage. Aduts will delight in their children's responses and in their own pleasure at reading this handsome book.
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Cute, but not very captivating. My 18-month old daughter, who has not met a book she didn't like, was not intrigued. And I also was pretty bored. We are fans of the Rhyming Dust Bunnies tjoughwand would definitely recommend that.
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Sometimes the right book comes at exactly the right time. "What Will Fat Cat Sit On?" was that book for me. The Book Fair rep and I had just finished setting up and I was tired and grumpy. At that very moment I found Fat Cat. Being a cat lover, I immediately grabbed, opened, and read.

"What will Fat Cat sit on?" is the thriller extraordinaire! Jan Thomas lets the reader know early in the story what the crime will be. Fat Cat will sit on something! Even the characters in the story know this crime will take place. But where? When? And, oh, how can I receive protection?

There's foreshadowing on the half-title page: a mouse running, in the throes of fear. The edges of huge toes step into the picture. Fat Cat. Oh, run, little mouse! Mouse stops, puts his hands on his hips, as if to say, Why am I running? More of the toes appear. Take no chance, Little Mouse! Run! A big, booming question splatters across the pages like blood: What will Fat Cat sit on?

The cast of characters is small. The ending is totally unexpected. The excitement is high. And the thrill of the chase...to tell more would be creating spoilers.

Artwork is fairly simple but very expressive. Thomas uses an clashing array of colors to suggest the horrors of being sat upon. Facial reactions are priceless! I read the book and laughed out loud at every page. The Book Fair rep said, I don't know why people think that book is funny. I laughed even harder because it so is funny!

A book for all ages. I can't wait to read this to my three- and four-year-olds in the library. The droll humor is not for everyone, but it will appeal to children and those whose childish spirit still lives.

Very highly recommended.
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