Splat The Cat


Splat doesn't want to go to school. He has tried every excuse: a bad fur day, no clean socks; but Mom insists. Splat is going to school. He packs Seymour (a mouse) in his lunchbox so that he has a friend. When his teacher explains that cats chase mice, Splat gets nervous. When the other cats see Seymour, they start chasing him. Oh no! What will Splat do? Will he be the hero cat or the laughing stock?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a year-round story that helps kids understand their feelings (fear, being different) and the power of asking questions.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

Our daughter liked Splat and Seymour, especially when Seymour hid behind the glass! We worked through some of the unfamiliar words, but she moved fairly smoothly through the story. The story repeated the new words enough to help reinforce them for her.

Parent Reaction

This is a cute story and a very cute cat! Even though it opens with a first-day-of-school theme, it is much broader than that. We loved that Splat persevered in trying to understand "why" in the face of his teacher's answer about why cats chase mice. [Her answer was, essentially, "just because."] The story helps kids see that sometimes questioning the "why" can lead to good things.

Type of Book:
This picture book helps kids understand that it is okay to be nervous and that asking questions is a good thing.
Educational Themes:

There are lots of ways to go with this story. It moves beyond just the first-day-of-school jitters and gives kids phrases like "I'm amazing," that they can immediately adopt for themselves. Splat is quite expressive, and you can use this as a wordless book to talk about feelings: nervous, scared, worried, happy, surprised, scary, and sad among others). Definitely explore friendship: Splat's friendship with Seymour, his fear of making friends, and his loyalty to Seymour, too.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read together with a nearly 7-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy! This is one of those rare first-day-of-school books that has year-round value. Yes, it is a great book to have for those first-day-of-school jitters for preschool and Kindergarten. First graders who read it for themselves will also find the story hel

Title Splat the Cat
Author Rob Scotton
Publisher HarperFestival, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2008
Illustrators Rob Scotton
ISBN 9780060831547
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
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