The Reading Tub Reviews That Cat Can’t Stay

That Cat Can't Stay
That Cat Can't Stay


Author: Thad Krasnesky

Illustrator: David Parkins

Publisher: Flashlight Press, ©2010

Material: hard cover

Summary: Are you a dog lover or a cat lover? Well, what do you do when someone in your house wants a dog when you want a cat? With sharp wit and lovely rhyming prose, Thad investigates how a wife plucks the compassionate heart of her dear husband by bringing home strays. This is a rhyming picture book about our love affair with animals.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 2.3

Age of Child: Read by an 8-year-old girl.

Little Kid Reaction: Our daughter loved this book and giggled her way through every page. She liked the story and an “oh, no” came with nearly every page. But she especially liked exploring the pictures.

Big Kid Reaction: A must-read for those of you who live with Dr. Doolittle! The surprise ending will delight you.

Pros: Great illustrations and a surprise ending make this fun for everyone to read.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a great book.

If You Liked This Book, Try: I Always, Always Get My Way, When Dinosaurs Came With Everything, Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy, The Strange Story of Mister Bloggs and His 17 Dogs

Educational Themes: This is a book for reading together, but it easily opens discussions about what we like/dislike, getting along, flexibility, and being open to change.

Notes: Guest reviewer Christine Louise Hohlbaum, author of Diary of a Mother and just-released The Power of Slow, wrote this profile.

Literary Categories: Fiction – picture book, animal stories, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2010

from The Reading Tub

The original text of the review may be found here.

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