Oliver Cat on planet B

Christine Kettner

Book - 2003

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New York : Dutton Children's Books 2003.
1st ed
Physical Description
48 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm
Main Author
Christine Kettner (-)
  • Oliver Cat plays a game
  • Oliver Cat loses a button
  • Oliver Cat goes fishing
Review by Booklist Reviews

Gr. 1-2. Oliver is a laid-back cat-boy. He is perfectly content to have a play date proceed this way: "I want to play hopscotch!" His friend counters, "I don't want to play hopscotch. I want to play cards." And so it goes through tic-tac-toe, checkers, marbles, and more. When it's time to go home, Oliver is ready for more "fun" tomorrow. In a second vignette, Oliver builds a spaceship and flies off to find a button for his shirt. The last story features Oliver fishing, but magical creatures keep tugging on his line. The realistic story juxtaposed with the more fantastical ones is a bit jarring, but all three are short and snappy, and the artwork is quite inventive. The childlike pictures, in bright colors and in varied layouts, will hold readers' attention. A good addition to the Dutton Easy Reader series. ((Reviewed July 2003)) Copyright 2003 Booklist Reviews

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2-A likable feline has three fun-filled adventures in this rollicking easy-reader. In the first chapter, Oliver Cat and Jane Rabbit decide to play together, but can't agree on an activity. When their mothers call them in for supper, they promise each other they will "play a new game tomorrow." Next, the cat loses his button, builds a spaceship out of odds and ends, flies to the Planet of Buttons for some help, rushes to school, and tells his teacher why he is late. Finally, Oliver Cat's fishing trip goes awry when he hooks several strange creatures, including a tap-dancing lobster and a cello-playing mermaid cat. Although the vocabulary is at times challenging, the antics of the lively main character keep the stories moving at a brisk pace. The colorful cartoon artwork is bright and energetic, showing a variety of appealing animal characters dressed like people. Double-page spreads alternate with single-page pictures and smaller vignettes. An action-packed addition to beginning-reader sections.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Oliver Cat Plays a Game and Oliver Cat Goes Fishing are two of the three adventurous stories presented in this easy reader collection with full-color illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Oliver Cat has many adventures when he can't decide on what game to play, tries to find a button for his shirt, and finally takes a fishing trip, in this collection of three short stories.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

This very easy reader contains three slyly humorous stories about Oliver Cat and his friends. In "Oliver Cat Plays a Game," Oliver Cat and Jane Rabbit spend their whole play date arguing about what to do, but at day's end look forward to playing together again tomorrow. In "Oliver Cat Loses a Button," his friends offer him everything but a button as a replacement. He uses the miscellaneous junk to build a spaceship and flies to Planet B, home of all lost buttons, and is only a little late for school. In "Oliver Cat Goes Fishing," Oliver catches all sorts of wondrous creatures, but nothing good to eat. Beginning readers will find surprises galore when they spend time with Oliver Cat and friends.