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Here Comes Teacher Cat Hardcover – August 8, 2017
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* “Underwood and Rueda maintain the droll narration and spare visual humor of the previous books as Cat guides eager kittens through music (electric guitars are involved), building time (a “fountain that spouts fish” is involved), and art (major cleanup is involved). There’s plenty to giggle over.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“In a clean-up worthy of The Cat in the Hat, the kittens pitch in to save the day. . . . Cat's droll expressions and signs are highlights . . . [and] readers may get a kick out of imagining what adventures they might have with their own substitute teachers.” —Kirkus
"Whether new to this series or a seasoned fan, this amusing read-aloud has much to offer the younger back-to-school crowd." —School Library Journal
"Underwood’s clever use of page-turns and comedic timing...deliver a droll story about the joys and challenges of teaching." —The Horn Book
About the Author
Deborah Underwood is the author of several picture books, including the New York Times bestseller The Quiet Book; Bad Bye, Good Bye; and Cat’s other adventures: Here Comes the Easter Cat, Here Comes Santa Cat, Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat, and Here Comes Valentine Cat. She lives in San Francisco with her cat, Bella, who inspires Cat’s hijinks.
Claudia Rueda’s picture books include Is It Big or Is It Little, Huff and Puff, My Little Polar Bear, and of course, Cat’s New York Times bestselling previous adventures.
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Here Comes Teacher Cat is the fifth picture book in the Cat series. These delightful books were written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Claudia Rueda. If you aren’t familiar with Cat, you should know that the books follow a similar format. The narrator addresses Cat directly, and Cat responds by holding up signs that express his feelings. Cat is a bit of a curmudgeon and he can be selfish at times, but he has a good heart.
As the title suggests, Cat spends this book working as a substitute teacher for a class of little kittens. At first, he seems intimidated by the job, but he quickly realizes how much fun he can have and the students seem to appreciate his “improvements” to music, building blocks, and art. But can they clean up their mess before Ms. Melba returns?
The illustrations are an integral part of the story because Cat communicates through signs. The characters appear against a white background, and there is very little clutter. This allows the reader to focus on Cat and the signs. Every page has an illustration on the one side and a line or two of text on the other side. The nice thing about this format is that a younger child can enjoy this book and get the gist of the story without being able to read.
My girls absolutely loved this book. At 10,8, and 8, they are moving beyond picture books, but they can still appreciate a new version of a favorite character. As I mentioned, they wanted to read the book as soon as I opened the package, and they laughed heartily at the antics. They especially loved the throwback to the other books in the series when Cat suggests that perhaps Santa or the Easter Bunny can serve as substitute teacher.
I would absolutely recommend Here Comes Teacher Cat. I don’t think you necessarily have to read any of the other books in the series first; it’s pretty easy to pick up on Cat’s mannerisms. This book will appeal to a wide range of children from preschoolers through children in the early years of elementary school. Cat has a good heart, and although he protests, he always follows through. We are very happy with this latest installment in the series.
If you haven't read any of the Cat books, you're in for a treat. Cat has a unique way of communicating, and the narrator's voice in these books and interactions with Cat are so funny and unique. If you have read other Cat books, you know what I mean!
In this one, Cat is tasked with subbing for the teacher.
Kittens? Can Cat do it? What will they do all day?
Cat hopes there will at least be one nap!
Children and adults alike will fall in love with Cat and love seeing how the day plays out.
This book is a perfect read aloud for any day, but would also be great for back to school and/or a teacher appreciation gift.
Can't wait to read more about Cat!
If this is your first time reading a Cat book, make sure you check out the other excellent stories featuring my favorite feline!