- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: AD20L (What's this?)
- Series: Cat the Cat Series (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Balzer + Bray; 1 edition (February 16, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061728403
- ISBN-13: 978-0061728402
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cat the Cat, Who Is That? (Cat the Cat Series) Hardcover – February 16, 2010
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Along with Let’s Say Hi to Friends Who Fly (2010), this upbeat title introduces young children to a new cast of animal pals. In large, bold type well-suited for brand-new readers, a narrator asks the title’s question as winsome Cat the Cat, in a sporty purple dress, says hello to her friends, whose greetings, printed in speech balloons, give a little glimpse into each new character’s personality. Mouse the Mouse is straightforward (“Hello there!”), Duck the Duck is a bit formal (“A pleasure, as always!”), and Fish the Fish is surfer-cool (“Hey, dude!”). Then Cat the Cat runs into a many-armed alien, who is busily building a tower of blocks, and the text’s easy, back-and-forth rhythm screeches to a halt: “Cat the Cat, who is THAT?” asks the narrator. “I have no idea,” is Cat’s wary answer, until she recognizes the adorable stranger as “a NEW friend!” Once again, Willems avoids heavy messages and walks right into kids’ daily lives with this exuberant, clean-lined, animation-ready title that’s sure to widen his already vast fan base. Preschool-Grade 1. --Gillian Engberg
“Charming and perfect for beginning readers.” (Brightly)
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I bought this book for my twin 4 year olds who are starting to catch on to reading. Most emergent reader books are a little too advanced for them as they are learning. While my kids know a handful of sight words, they get frustrated when they have to sound out most of the book. This book fills in the gap between knowing the sound letters make and first reader books. The simple words and repeatative structure have helped to foster confidence in my young readers. I do wish the author or editor would have chosen to eliminate the contraction "it's" as this seems to be an unnecessary layer of complexity at this age.
Others have stated they read it to their very young kids. I am sure it would be great for that, but I am glad I found this book as my kids are learning to read. All of that being said, if the child can read, this would be too simple. I would recommend Elephant and Piggie.
While it's true that Cat the Cat might not be as memorable as Mr. Willams' other characters (Pigeon, Elephant Gerald, and Piggie), this character serves a purpose as a stepping stone for emergent readers.
A great book for early readers and to read to your little ones too. Funny and cute. Additionally, there are many more books in the Cat the Cat series, so if your kiddos like this book, you can get some others for them to enjoy too.
Enter Mo Willems. He gets it. Here are books that have simple words that a new reader can handle without the cutesy stories that make a mother want to jab her eyes out with a fork (I'm looking at you, Biscuit the dog). If you know the Pigeon, Knuffle Bunny, and Elephant and Piggy then you'll feel right at home with Cat the Cat and her friends.
For whatever reason these books aren't as well known as the other Mo Willems series. My local Barnes and Noble carried most of his other titles but didn't have a single Cat the Cat book--so amazon it is!