Three more stories you can read to your cat

Sara Swan Miller

Book - 2002

Stories addressed to cats and written from a cat's point of view, featuring such topics as birthday presents, snow, and breakfast.

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Boston : Houghton Mifflin 2002.
Main Author
Sara Swan Miller (-)
Other Authors
True Kelley (illustrator)
Physical Description
unpaged : ill
  • 1.. Happy Birthday
  • 2.. Funny White Stuff
  • 3.. Breakfast Time
Review by Booklist Review

Gr. 1-3. In this sequel to Three Stories You Can Read to Your Cat(1997), Miller explains that the reason cats sleep so much maybe that they don't know how to read. She offers witty stories for children to read aloud to their pets. The first tale concerns the birthday of a cat that is alternately bored, scared, and disgusted by its presents but thoroughly entertained by the wrapping paper. In the second, the cat is desperately anxious to get outside to explore the white flakes falling from the sky, then desperately anxious to get inside and away from the cold, wet snow. The third looks at life from the point of view of a nocturnal animal in a diurnal household. Just as precise and more overtly funny than the stories are Kelley's brightly colored ink-and-wash illustrations, which capture feline postures, attitudes, and expressions to perfection. Another excellent book in a consistently entertaining series. Carolyn Phelan.

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

The follow-up to Three Stories You Can Read to Your Cat, Three More Stories You Can Read to Your Cat by Sara Swan Miller, illus. by True Kelley, highlights scenes every cat-loving kid will recognize. Kitty plays with wrapping paper instead of presents in "Happy Birthday" and "Funny White Stuff" finds him begging to play in the snow (then pleading to come back inside). (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-A worthy successor to the much-loved Three Stories You Can Read to Your Cat (Houghton, 1997). Miller is a master at creating tales that effectively portray the true personality of a feline. With themes of birthday presents, snow, and feeding time, the stories are told from the cat's point of view. Laced with humor, the book is sure to delight children. Although the title and introduction suggest one should settle down with a feline to read the book, non-cat owners will easily savor the fun. Kelley's illustrations portray the lovable pet in all kinds of moods and provide picture clues for the text. A "purr-fect" selection for beginning-reader collections.-Anne Knickerbocker, Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Horn Book Review

Written in second person and designed to be read aloud to a pet, the three short episodes perfectly capture feline eccentricities. The cat enjoys wrapping paper more than his real presents, changes his mind about whether snow is fun, and discovers a lot of interesting--and noisy--things to do while waiting for his human friend to wake up in the morning. Humorous artwork illustrates this upper-level easy reader. From HORN BOOK Fall 2002, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

Miller and Kelley (Three Stories You Can Read to Your Cat, not reviewed, etc.) return with what has become a solidly entertaining formula for children in transition from early readers to chapter books. A second-person text addresses its protagonist, the cat of the title, as it makes its way with feline superiority through three chapters. In "Happy Birthday," the cat's well-meaning owner presents a series of wholly unacceptable gifts-but the rustling wrapping paper makes a big hit. The "Funny White Stuff" turns out to be much more appealing from inside the window than outside, and "Breakfast Time" itself is anticlimactic compared to the fun of waking one's owner. The gently ironic text always preserves the cat's-eye view-"A nap was much more interesting than a dead mouse"-and the energetic ink-and-watercolor illustrations continue this conceit by picturing the cat's human as only a set of hands or a pair of "clumping" feet. The illustrations vary nicely in size and placement, at all times keeping the text from overwhelming the newly independent reader, and capturing their subject in all moods, from disgruntlement to playfulness to full supine glory. Cat-owning children will instantly recognize the true dynamic of the relationship, and all children should enjoy the good humor that pervades this offering, which instructs readers in the introduction: "remember to pet your cat while you read." (Easy reader. 6-9)

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