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Splat the Cat




Title: Splat the Cat

Author: Rob Scotton

What it’s about: It’s Splat the Cat’s first day of school and he’s feeling rather nervous. He tries all sorts of well-tried techniques to delay going but he eventually has to face up to his fears and go. To make matters easier, he takes his friend – a mouse – to give him confidence and reassurance. When he finally settles down in the classroom he starts to relax and enjoy himself until milk time comes around and chaos ensues.

Holly’s review: This book was so funny! There are all these cats who go to school – they don’t normally do that so that’s what makes it crazy and funny – it’s so unusual! Splat is crazy-looking with very spikey, outward fur and googly eyes. I love the drawings too because they are hilarious. I would love to read more in this series.

Sam’s review: I first bought this book when Holly was having trouble going to school. She had previously been happy but hit a small bump and I thought a book with a reluctant cat might address the issue in a more humorous and less obvious or patronising way than a factual ‘so you’re afraid of going to school?’ might. Holly was delighted with it and could see the humour in the story. I think it helped somewhat with her anxiety and could certainly reassure young children who dread their first day, unless they take it literally and expect a load of cats to be in the classroom when they appear! Rob Scotton’s drawings are great – as Holly said they are crazy and there’s real energy in them that brings the story off the page. 

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Childtastic Books started out as a collaborative blog, written by me and my young daughter Holly. Now she's nearly a teen, she's off doing exciting and new things but I am still here, reading, writing and reviewing books for children and young adults of all ages. I miss her input but I hope she will pop in from time to time to do some guest posts! A little about me - I have just finished an MA in Children's Literature from the University of Roehampton (result pending, eeek) and am a part-time primary school librarian. The other part of my time is spent writing and editing, my own work and others, and I am waiting for my first non-fiction book to be published - a teacher resources pack for Handa's Surprise. I welcome comments and love to hear from visitors to this blog. Please note though that, because of time constraints, it is rare that I can read and review books from self-published authors. I receive so many requests and feel badly about not being able to keep up with them all. Thanks for visiting! Sam

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