Thursday, September 1, 2016

This is NOT a Cat by David LaRochelle Review and Giveaway!

This is NOT a Cat 
by David LaRochelle
Illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Published August 2016
Sterling Children's Books
40 Pages
Review copy provided by publisher

Goodreads Summary
Welcome to Sunny Hills Mice School where the first lesson is recognizing DANGER! And that means CAT. So Miss Mouse shows her students pictures of things that are, and are not, a kitty. But the kids are a bit restless . . . until something enters the classroom that makes them all sCATter. But, is their unwelcome guest really a cat?

My Thoughts
Too cute! As I read this book, I thought about how it could be one of the first books that a child could read all the words by themselves. With sparse, repetitive text, and big, colorful, illustrations, kids will want to read it again and again. 

In a classroom with posters of cheese shapes and mice throughout history, the mouse teacher is teaching the class how to identify a cat by showing them pictures of things that are not cats. Throughout the lesson readers will see the cat creeping in the window behind the teacher bit by bit on each page. I can see young readers pointing and squealing with anticipation as they try to warn the mice that the cat is approaching! 

There is so much to look at on each page. The students don't pay much attention and start to doodle or throw paper airplanes. Even the fish in the fish bowl has a different expression on each page. 

I would highly recommend This is NOT a Cat for ages 2-6. 

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