Kids Review: See the Dog: Three Stories About a Cat (David LaRochelle)

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About This Book:

What happens when a cat tries to be a dog? With this second wry primer, the creators of See the Cat return to demonstrate that standing in for a friend can be trickier than expected.

The dog is sick today, but have no fear—the cat is happy to take his place! But when the book (who is very bossy) tells her to dig a hole, the dirt-averse cat finds a way to accomplish the task while keeping her fur pristine. And when the book demands that she fetch a stick (in the water!) or guard a sheep (from a wolf!), the cat responds in very un-doglike ways. Can the book and the cat reach a happy ending? With simple, repetitive phrases and tongue-in-cheek humor, this spoof on a classic early reader pits a well-meaning but slightly dramatic cat against a highly persistent book in a comical battle of wits that will have kids yowling.

 

*Review Contributed by Connie Reid, Site Manager*

A Classic in the Making!
 
What Worked: See the Dog has an unexpected twist. The dog is sick and the cat is the substitute. The book goes through simple commands like see the dog dig, fetch, swim… all the things a dog would enjoy doing, and none of the things that a cat would be very happy about. However, the cat is very dutiful in trying to take the dog’s place and many humorous solutions arise to fulfill the commands.

Final Verdict: This is a great book for early readers Preschool-3rd grade. The text and vocabulary lend themselves to decoding. The humor allows for practice with expression. The humor will also keep children eager to turn the page. As a reading intervention teacher, this is exactly the type of book I would want on my shelves for older children (2-3rd grade) not to feel like they are reading a ‘baby book’, but one that looks respectable while offering support in reading. The illustrations were delightful and the cat’s attempt to be the dog are very funny. For fans of Mo Willems, this is a great addition to your collection!

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