Sunday, October 9, 2016

Fall Reading 2016 You Are NOT a Cat!


Fans of Jon Klassen will feel right at home in this story of an imaginative duck and a very frustrated cat. Poor Cat is busy taking a catnap when up walks Duck and says, "I'm a cat, Meow." No matter how much Cat explains, even imitating the "Quack, quack," that Duck should be saying, it does no good. As it turns out, Duck enjoys pretending to be other animals - a squirrel, a rooster, etc. And how can you be angry with someone who is having such a good time?

Along with Sharon Flake's amusing story-line, Anna Raff's illustrations capture the personality and playfulness of this funny bird. As Cat tries to explain why Duck cannot be a cat, Duck is busy using natural materials to create a cat costume. An acorn on a string becomes a collar and tag, a couple of leaves become pointed ears. This is one super creative fowl.

For those who have small children that enjoy imitating animal noises, this story is a goldmine. Tiny tots can have a great time meowing, quacking, and squawking along. For readers a bit older, the growing frustration as Cat unsuccessfully tries to reason with Duck will have them giggling. And the scene of Cat stomping across a field and shouting, "Quack. Quack. Quack. Quack. Quack." will have them rolling with laughter. 

If you enjoy the humor of books like. This Is Not My Hat, then you need to get a copy of You Are NOT a Cat!

I received a copy from the publisher for review purposes.

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