HAPPY CAT by Steve Henry
Kirkus Star


From the "I Like to Read" series
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Age Range: 4 - 7
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This cheery entry in the I Like to Read series successfully tells a simple tale and creates a sense of community using just 20 unique words.

Short, declarative sentences describe the action. Cat enters a house, climbs up three floors and finds a cozy room just big enough to make a perfect home. Colorful, cartoon-style illustrations help fill in the details. The eponymous hero is a round, yellow cat with a shy smile who starts out shivering on a cold and snowy sidewalk. Jumping into an open window, he lands in a snug cellar, where he meets a friendly rat who sends him up the stairs. The animals who live in the upper stories welcome Cat and offer gifts that reflect their interests. When “Cat [meets] Dog,” who sits in a cozy armchair surrounded by bookshelves, Cat leaves with a book tucked under his arm. Rabbit, an enthusiastic gardener, gives him a small potted plant, Bird offers a painting, and Elephant takes time out from playing the piano to provide a hot cup of tea. By the end, “Cat [is] happy,” and readers will be too.

Plenty of visual cues, lots of repetition and a clear story arc make this a perfect choice for beginning readers—and parents pressed for time will likely be happy to find such a short, sweet read-aloud. (Early reader.4-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2659-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2013


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