Two children (brother and sister) are spending a week at Grandma's house. Grandma has a cat who likes to take adventures at night! Each morning when the children come down the stairs, Grandma is a bit stressed over the condition of her kitchen and the creatures the cat has brought indoors. On their last day, something has happened - the kitchen is clean, Grandma's not upset ... what has happened?
This SURELY would have been a book we read over and over and over again when my child was in her preschool and early elementary years. She would have loved reciting the refrain "OH NO ... Look what the CAT dragged in." [emphasis original text].
The rhyme scheme works well and is pretty solid, but what I love most about the story is the "way" the grandchildren come down the stairs. On Monday, they race downstairs; by Friday, they creep down the stairs; and on Saturday they stay upstairs. The illustrations are just as fun as the text, giving readers plenty to look - and laugh - at. The text is stylized, creating opportunities for readers to learn some sight words and read with emotion. As each day progresses, kids can also (unwittingly) learn the days of the week.
Recommended for toddler and preschool bookshelves.
Readers will laugh at life in Grandma's kitchen. The illustrations give young listeners plenty to explore while an adult reads out loud. It won't take but a few readings, and the kids will be reading along with you - probably taking Grandma's speaking part.
This humorous picture book is the story of an adventurous night-outside cat.
The story is meant for fun, but there are some subtle opportunities to sneak in learning.
- The children are there for a week, and each morning starts with the name of that day.
- Creatures that the cat dragged in are depicted in the illustrations. Ask your child to find them on the pages.
- Point out words in larger font and/or bold to help your child to begin connecting words they hear with what they see on the page.
8 and Up
3 to 8
Buy. This is sure to be read LOTS of times! The kids will love chiming in as Grandma.