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How to Give Your Cat a Bath: in Five Easy Steps Hardcover – Illustrated, January 22, 2019
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PRAISE FOR How to Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps:
“This laugh-out-loud picture book can serve as a beginning reader. . . . The inevitable ending will delight both children and adults and this title will be requested over and over.” --Starred Review, Booklist
“Early-years students will love the humour and irony of the situation. Highly recommended.” --Highly Recommended, Resource Links
“As the chaos unfolds, viewers will be delighted to track the cat through the chase scenes. . . . There’s a wry humor in the unseen narrator’s directives, and the text makes a particularly amusing counterpart to the little girl’s visibly increasing frustration with the whole endeavor.” --The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
"[A] pleasing and well-executed story that really is the cat’s meow. An excellent choice for independent reading and sharing in small groups.” --School Library Journal
“Everyone will appreciate this delightful book.” --Imaginary Elevators
"Martz’s expressive art lays out the runaway circumstances through vignettelike passages and dialogue balloons, capturing the experience of well-laid plans quickly unraveling into disaster." --Publishers Weekly
“Adorably frustrating . . . will have young readers slapping their foreheads in exasperation, but will reward them with a sweet, funny ending . . . Martz’s colourful line drawings match the happy, manic energy.” --New York Times
“Delightfully entertaining.” --Midwest Book Review
- Lexile measure : 480L
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Grade level : Preschool - 2
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 073526354X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0735263543
- Dimensions : 7.88 x 0.39 x 9.19 inches
- Reading level : 3 - 7 years
- Publisher : Tundra Books; Illustrated edition (January 22, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #183,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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First of all, what cute pictures adorn the pages of this short story! The cat, the cat mom, the bathtub, the chaos—all of it is depicted so well. Especially the chaos. Any project that requires handling a cat, especially for a purpose the cat objects to will result in chaos. And yes, breaks for the humans during such projects are definitely necessary. I loved the milk and cookie breaks, which are portrayed with pinpoint accuracy by the owner serving the kitty as well. Also worth noting are the clever illustrations of the savvy feline keeping one step ahead of his mom as she tries to track him down.
And the plot? Totally realistic and believable. This tale could actually be catergorized as nonfiction. Or action-adventure. It definitely fails as a DIY.
Seeing as this review is now longer than the book itself, let me just say that I found this story to be simply delightful. This is one of those wonderful children’s books that is sure to produce a smile on the face of the parent reader as well as a willingness to read it over and over again.
Thank you Net Galley, Tundra Books, and Ms. Nicola Winstanley for an advanced copy of this book. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.
The premise here seems quite simple: a small girl is attempting to give her cat a bath based on instructions she's being given by an off-page narrator. Alas, what seems like a simple task turns out to be anything but! As each step proves to be more difficult than anticipated, the narrator begins to give more detailed instructions.
At first glance, this book appears to be pretty basic. There are not many words on any of the pages, and the illustrations are not overly detailed. But the more you look, the more you realize there's more going on in these clever pictures than appears at first glance. The range of facial expressions on both the girl and the cat tell a story of their own.
I laughed out loud several times while reading this very short book, and I loved the almost-but-not-quite snarky tone the narrator seemed to have. This is definitely a book I would not get sick of very quickly. It's a great option for re-reads, and I know some little ones who would be in stitches over some of the silly things in these pages.
5 very enthusiastic stars for this fun and silly read!
Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for providing me with a DRC of this book!
Step One: Fill the bath with water, only works if you don't overfill the bath and have to start over. Putting your cat in the bath only works if the cat hasn't decided to bolt out of the bathroom. And it goes on from here to be a silly adventure about something that is anything from simple and complicated by things like having to stop and eat a cookie.
This book is really a lot of fun to read. The illustrations add to the wackiness of the story being told. I think young readers will have a fun time with this one.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Penguin Random House Canada, Tundra Books, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
While How to Give Your Cat a Bath won't really help you give your cat a bath, it will at least give you and many children a laugh. And at the end of the day when it all goes wrong, eat a cookie and just shake your head in the cat's general direction because they still won't care either way. 🤷🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️😹🍪🥛
Thank you Penguin Random House Canada and Tundra Books for allowing me to read this delightfully unhelpful book. 💖