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Author: Mo Willems

Illustrator: Mo Willems

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Publisher: Balzer and Bray, an Imprint of HarperColling Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Follow along as Cat the Cat asks each of her animal friends what sound they make ... Hound the Hound, Chick the Chick, Cow the Cow, and Bunny the Bunny. What? What sound does a bunny make? This is an easy reader for beginning readers.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, learning to read, read aloud book, easy reader

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 4 to 6

Interest Level: 2 to 6

Reading Level: 0.6

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

Young Reader Reaction: When our daughter saw the Cat the Cat books, she jumped right on them. This one was not one of her favorites.

Adult Reader Reaction: These are clever books that are perfect for sharing with toddlers and encouraging preschoolers to read on their own. The illustrations are whimsical and colorful, and the repetitive text helps with sight words!

Pros: Common animal sounds encourage kids to engage with the story and the twist at the end will surprise them.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy, especially if you have a toddler. This is a book that will get read A LOT and will also grow with your child into Kindergarten.

If You Liked This Book, Try: I WILL SURPRISE MY FRIEND! (Elephant and Piggie Book)   ARE YOU MY MOTHER?   BARNYARD DANCE!

Educational Themes: This is a book that is designed to encourage kids who are just learning to read. It can be used with toddlers for animal identification and sounds, too.

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 - easy reader series, animal characters

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2010

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