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Cat Secrets Hardcover – January 4, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
Received this book as (as a gift from my wish list) in my school library and read it to a class of kindergardeners. They loved it! We talked about who had a cat as a pet and if cats were like the ones in the book. They loved the tests the cats in the book made the audience do. Some kept commenting on the mouse in the story and some kept acting like cats! It's a great choice for a story time and pre-schoolers through 3rd graders will enjoy it.
The straightforward illustrations are perfect for sharing with younger children, reminiscent of Mo Willem's work, they allow the reader to focus on what is happening without being distracting. The 'tests' that the cats come up with provide a perfect opportunity for children to participate in the story. The ending is a bit abrupt, and it would have been nice to find out some of the 'cat secrets' but the story still provides plenty of fun.
The best part about this book is the interactive aspects. The cat conducts a series of tests to determine if the reader is a cat. The reader is asked to meow, purr, stretch, and finally take a nap. This makes it a natural choice for story times as long as the story reader is willing to ham it up and use some creativity in their telling. My only fault with this one is that the ending seemed a bit anti climactic. Everyone goes to sleep after taking a cat nap, then.... that's it. All done. It just seems rather abrupt after there was so much fun to be had. Also, there's probably a couple too many wordless spreads here that might make a read aloud a bit awkward unless you prepare. Sometimes wordless spreads can add to the book's impact. These however, seem superfluous. I still think this can be a read aloud success, and I think it's real strength will lie in individual sharing where the parent can invite the child to participate fully in the wordless sections.
So, all in all this is a vastly entertaining book good for groups (but you'll have to do a bit of preparation), and sure to be a lap share favorite for most any child. For more cat hijinks, be sure and check out There Are Cats in This Book - another great read aloud choice that flows a bit better. Recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Everyone loves Cat Secrets! I've bought this book for several children over the years and it's always a hit.Published 7 days ago by KLB
Great book for young cat lovers. I introduced my daughter's kindergarten class to it when I was a guest reader at school. Everyone participated, laughed and loved it.Published 8 months ago by Lisa Rivers
My Kindergartner LOVES this book! It is so cute and entertaining, I would recommend to anyone with kids! Great book!Published on February 25, 2014 by RFC
It is awesome. Another book I recommend for your child is Skippy Jon Jones! The big yellow one is the sun, and I brought in a cup o dirt for the science fair.Published on May 16, 2013 by Books, the real advantage
This book is a fun book to read aloud with young kids--preschool to kindergarten.
It's an interactive read with the characters calling for the reader to make cat noises. Read more
I teach prek and my students love this book. My daughter is in 2nd grade and the librarian at her school read it to her class and my daughter recommended it to me.Published on March 1, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I liked that this book got my son involved (asked him to meow to prove he was worthy of the cat secrets), but thought the ending was frustrating for my little one.Published on December 25, 2011 by Kiersten Yost