Are You a Cat?
Dogs chase cats. Everyone knows this, especially cats.
When Dog wants to chase Cat, he politely asks, “are you a cat?”
To outrun and outsmart Dog, Cat pretends to be other animals that dogs wouldn’t ordinarily want to chase. It’s a masterful plan indeed. But when an unexpected creature walks by, it’s impossible for Cat to play pretend for much longer.
What I loved: This is a simple concept that can make children giggle as Cat tries to land softly on a flower like a butterfly or open a nut with his teeth (Ouch!). The colors and background are simple, primarily featuring the two animals and a few select other items. The text is straight-forward, told entirely through conversation, with the animals each having their own color.
What left me wanting more: The two animals are a bit easy to mix up at times, particularly for children who are listening, as there is no context (e.g. no "said Cat" or "asked Dog"). However, the concept is simple enough that readers can follow.
Final verdict: Overall, ARE YOU A CAT? is a simple and silly read that young readers will enjoy. As the text is relatively simple, this would also be a good choice for children who are in the process of learning to read for themselves.