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Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
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Splat the Cat (2008)

by Rob Scotton

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This is a great back to school or first school book. I have read it to my class on the first day for my entire career and they always love it. Themes include, new experiences, school, friends, expectations, and nervousness.
  c.henry | Nov 15, 2018 |
I love splat the cat books! This book was about Splat's first day of school. He decided nothing was going his way and everything was keeping him from going to school. In a last attempt to have a good day at school, Splat put his pet mouse in his lunchbox. At school the teacher talked about how wonderful cats are and that cats chase mice. Splat asked her why they chase mice, she replied that they just do, he asked more questions about mice and cats and in what seems like frustration the teacher decided it was lunch time. Splat opened his lunchbox and let out his friend mouse. All the other cats saw the mouse and started chasing him. Splat tried to get them to stop but they wouldn't. Eventually Splat got him back to safety. After lunch and some chasing the teacher decided it was time for milk. The problem was that the lock was stuck on the milk fridge. Splat asked his mouse friend to help unlock the milk and all the cats got their milk and learned that they don't have to chase mice!
  caliesunshine | Aug 12, 2018 |
I thought Splat the Cat was alright. Next to some of the other amazing books I've read this term I'd have to say I most enjoyed the art style and found the substance lacking from the story and characters. In a classroom setting I can see using this as maybe an icebreaker book on the first day of school and using fun voices to make the dialogue more interesting.
  Jadelinyang | Jun 10, 2018 |
Splat the Cat: also pretty awesome. Maybe not as awesome as Russell the Sheep, but definitely still a good read.
  kerribrary | May 10, 2018 |
I love Spat the Cat books. He is just like a few students that I teach. Throughout this story Splat is nervous, and is full of questions throughout school. I found it funny that Splats best friend is a little mouse, and in the edn saves the day. It shows how a bad day could turn into a fantastic day. ( )
  KrystalKeroack | Mar 15, 2018 |
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Editorial Review - Kirkus Reviews Copyright (c) 7/1/2008 VNU Business Media, Inc.
Splat is terrified of his first day at Cat School and "his tail wiggle[s] wildly with worry." He'll need a friend, so he takes his pet mouse Seymour with him. Mrs. Wimpydimple covers lots of territory in class: Self-esteem ("Cats are amazing") is followed by nature ("Cats climb trees, drink mild, and chase mice"). Chaos ensues when Seymour jumps out of Splat's bright yellow lunch box and the "cats [do] what cats do." Their savvy teacher saves the day—and Seymour. By day two, Splat's "tail wiggle[s] wildly…with excitement." Primary colors, especially red, brighten the modern palette of black, gray and moody blues and greens. Humorous touches in the highly textured illustrations delight: Splat's mouse slippers sit beside his bed, and fishbone wallpaper lines his walls. From the blackboard lessons to the store-window signs advertising white chocolate mice, jelly fish and fish cakes, environmental print creates visual interest. Splat himself is a hoot with his spindly legs, flyaway fur and highly expressive tail. Sure to stir things up at storytime. (Picture book. 3-8)
 
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For Maggie and her very own Splat cats - Spatz and Strawberry - R.S.
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It was early in the morning and Splat was wide awake. Today was his first day at Cat School, and his tail wiggled wildly with worry.
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It's the first day of school and Splat it nervous.  He tries to come up with all kinds of excuses to put the first day off, but his mom insist he go.  Splat brings along his friend, a mouse named Seymour, for company.  He meets his new teacher, Mrs. Wimpydimple, and all the other cats in the class.  Splat learns that all cats are amazing and there are important cat lesson Mrs. Wimpydimple will teach.  One lesson is that all cats chase mice; Splat, for the sake of his friend Seymour, questions this lesson.  Soon it is lunch time and out pops Seymour and the cats (except for Splat) chase him.  Seymour got behind a bottle, which enlarged his face to look scary, so all the cats ran the other way.  Seymour got to do what all mice would like to do, chase cats!  It was time for a milk break, but the teacher couldn't get the cupboard open; while the disappointed cats hung their heads, Seymour made his way into the inside of the cupboard to open it.  With plenty of milk, Mrs. Wimpydimple decided to amend the chasing mice lesson and Splat couldn't wait for the second day of class.
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It's Splat's first day of school and he's worried. What if he doesn't make any new friends? Just in case, Splat decides to bring along his pet mouse, Seymour, and hides him in his lunchbox. The teacher, Mrs. Wimpydimple, introduces Splat to the class and he soon starts learning all his important cat lessons. But when Seymour escapes and the cats do what cats do (they chase mice!), Splat's worried again. Maybe now he'll lose all his friends, old and new! Just in time, wise Mrs. Wimpydimple takes charge and teaches everyone an important new lesson. Maybe Cat School is going to be okay after all!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:06 -0400)

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A nervous Splat finds his first day at Cat School much better than he expected.

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