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ABOUT THE BOOK
Written by Kelly Tills
Illustrated by Max Saladrigas
Ages 4+ | 44 Pages
Publisher: FDI Publishing LLC | ISBN-13: 9781736700488
Publisher’s Synopsis: Meow is definitely not a cat. Cats lick their butts. Follow along as this wild child’s unique way of following instructions ends up going a little bananas.
Meow Is Not Cat is a completely goofy story, guaranteed to make kids laugh. With a cynical cat, wild monkeys, butt jokes, and a banana cannon, even pre-readers will love shouting out their favorite parts as you read aloud. Nestled among the laughs is a lesson about how embracing a person’s different way of interpreting the world can lead to surprisingly good results —and bananas, lots of bananas.
Meow marches to the beat of a different drummer (although if you said that, Meow would probably come up with an impromptu march). I am a school librarian and work with kids from kindergarten through fifth grade. I can safely say that there is at least one child every year who sees the world in a unique way and carries out directions in a completely different manner from the rest of the class and from the way the teacher intended. Most of the time when you try to explain why their actions aren’t what was meant, they are honestly puzzled and reply, "But you said..."
When teachers and other adults encounter a child like that, they often respond the way Ms. Snickety does - with frustration and strained patience. If grownups can accept that giving an instruction like, “Chip chop, let’s go,” will result in that particular child trying to find a way to act out “chip chop,” they may find more clear ways to give instructions. They may also come to see that those unexpected reactions can be humorous and even work better than the original plan, just like Meow’s imaginative solution to the problem at the zoo. The set of illustrations showing Meow in contrast to the other kids drives home the difference between them.
This book would be a good one to pair with Tacky the Penguin, showing how someone who may be seen as an oddball can be “a good bird to have around.” And that someone who doesn’t fit in (a square peg in a round hole), might just have the ability to think outside the box that is needed for the benefit of the whole group.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kelly Tills is the creator of her own uniquely shaped family. Kindness, neurodiversity, and potty humor are her jam. She writes silly stories for kids and believes even the smallest hat-tip, in the simplest of books, can teach our kids how to approach the world. Kelly’s children’s stories are perfect to read aloud to your little humans or to have your older kids read to you (hey, let them flex those new reading skills!). Either way, you’ll enjoy the giggles.
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