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Happy Cat (I Like to Read®) by Steve Henry
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Happy Cat (I Like to Read®)

by Steve Henry

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Easy and bright and happy! I continue to love this series for the earliest of readers.

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  shelf-employed | Oct 3, 2016 |
This is one of the few I Like to Read titles that I actually liked to read. It's not perfect - there are some better and definitely some worse - but it's perfectly acceptable.

Cat is shivering with cold in a snowy city. He drops in through a basement window and goes up through an apartment building, meeting new friends along the way. On each floor he sees a different apartment and a different animal and gets a present until he finally finds a cozy corner for himself and his new treasures.

The art is cheerful and cluttered, much like the different animals' apartments. Each animal's apartment is crammed with books, paintings, and other signs of their particular hobby.

My main concern about this title is that the minimal text is in a fairly light font and a different position on each page. With the busy art, it tends to disappear into the page and you have to search for the words to read. For a very beginning reader, this is not ideal.

Verdict: As I'm looking to purchase more beginning easy readers and more titles in this series, this is just fine for my needs. Otherwise, I'd say it was an additional purchase.

ISBN: 9780823426591; Published 2013 by Holiday House; Borrowed from another library in my consortium
  JeanLittleLibrary | May 1, 2016 |
Purrrfect! ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
Wonderful beginners reader with lots of repetition and bold and colorful illustrations ( )
  paula-childrenslib | Nov 3, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0823426599, Hardcover)

The joys of giving and receiving are celebrated in this easy-to-read short story about a cat who seeks shelter on a snowy day.

Shivering, Cat jumps into the basement window of a small apartment building. As Cat makes his way up to a top-floor garret, Dog gives Cat a book, Rabbit gives him a plant, Bird gives him a painting, and Elephant gives him a hot drink. Cat is happy! Everyone is happy!

Cutaway views of the building with each character cozy in his apartment and constructively occupied–reading, painting, tending plants, and playing a piano–will fascinate new readers.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:01 -0400)

Cat makes new animal friends as he climbs higher and higher in an apartment building.

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