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Author: Rob Scotton

Illustrator: Rob Scotton

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Publisher: HarperFestival, 2015

Material: paperback

Summary: Family Meeting Time! Splat's dad gives him a chore list. First, he has to clean his room. Splat would rather play video game and his first attempt at cleaning isn't that successful. After his dad suggests that he try and again and make it fun, Splat turns cleaning into a game and learns that cleaning can be a good time. This is a story that introduces kids to the idea that helping is part of being a family.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 2.1

Age of Child: Read with children ages 3 and 5.

Young Reader Reaction: I think they related to Splat's reluctance to do a household job. They thought the story was really funny. They really liked the parts where Splat rushes through cleaning his room.

Adult Reader Reaction: I enjoyed this book. I like the lesson it gives about turning chores into games and accomplishing your goals.

Pros: Let humor be the guide when you use this book as a way to introducing chores to your kids. As always, this Splat the Cat story offers a good story and fun characters.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a cute book and it could be used as a teaching tool, but it didn't grab my children's attention after a few readings.

If You Liked This Book, Try: CLEAN IT! (Helping Hands Series)   BETH'S JOB (Green Light Reader series, Level 1)   THE OLD BLUE PICKUP TRUCK

Educational Themes: Splat could be your child's role model in helping to introduce the idea of chores to preschoolers and Kindergartners.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, animal characters, family, friendship

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2015

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