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Cat Book by Matthew van Fleet:
In Matthew Van Fleet’s irresistibly pettable, brilliantly innovative and fun cat book, watch twenty-three breeds of frolicking felines pounce, prance and parade through concepts, pull-tabs, textures and interactive surprises.
And you’ll never believe what cat dragged in! This highly entertaining cat book is pleasingly purr-fect fun from start to finish! Meow…meow…meow…WOW!
About the Author of this Cat Book:
Matthew Van Fleet’s innovative books have been introducing children to basic concepts for almost twenty years.
His unique formats invite toddlers to touch, press, pull, lift and even sniff as they explore colors, shapes, numbers, letters, opposites and more.
His books include the #1 New York Times bestsellers Tails and DOG as well as the New York Times bestsellers CAT, Alphabet, Heads and MOO. His first interactive touch and feel book Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings has sold more than 1.3 million copies.
He lives with his wife, two sons and pug dog in Chappaqua, New York.
Cat Book Amazon Editorial Reviews:
From Publishers Weekly:Created in the style of 2007’s Dog, this compact photographic book showcases as many varieties of cats as it does interactive components. Tabs enable playful motion: on the cover, a gray cat dips his paw into a fish bowl; inside, a Bengal swats at a ball of yarn and a swishing slinky cat tail twitches.
Other cats are pictured next to descriptive titles: a fluffy aristocat sits on a tuffet while a nice cat dozes next to a parrot. A scraggly cat features a furry cutout, while a hairless, scary cat (a Sphynx) lives up to its moniker. The final panels offer portraits of the cast of characters, with their names and breeds. The lively diversity of felines makes this as appropriate on a coffee table as in a playroom. Ages 2–up. (Feb.).
From School Library Journal: PreS—Van Fleet follows up the popular Tails (Harcourt, 2003) and Dog (S & S, 2007) with this interactive novelty book aimed at toddlers but photographed for cat lovers. Stanton has captured an impressive array of expressions on his subjects: a cheeky Himalayan sticking out its tongue, a regally bored Bengal, a gentle Kurilian Bobtail asleep beside a parrot.
The text consists of simple rhymes designed to describe different types of cats and what they do. Sue Stainton’s I Love Cats (Harper Collins, 2007) and Patricia Hubbell’s I Like Cats (North-South, 2003) are just a couple of similar titles that come to mind. The inclusion of furry tails to pat, flaps to lift, and tabs to pull is designed to engage young readers, although it will probably just lead to damaged books.
The photographs are engaging enough and should continue to hold attention after the novelty wears off. Buy where the other Van Fleet titles are popular.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA