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Review: Splish, Splash, Splat

Title: Splish, Splash, Splat

Author: Rob Scotton

What it’s about: (by Holly) This book is about Splat the Cat going swimming and finding out that even the bully Spike isn’t always brave. It’s an excellent book about cats swimming.

Holly’s review: I like this book because it’s funny and amusing. It’s a lot of splashing fun. I love it. It describes stuff brilliantly. The pictures are hilarious. Me and my mum couldn’t stop roaring with laughter with all the pictures with cats in swimming trunks. I would give it top marks and I recommend it to anyone.

Sam’s review: Holly and I picked this up at our little, local library while returning some longer books. We’ve started returning to picture books again at the moment as we rediscover the joys they bring, somewhat forgotten amongst chapter stories. Holly is right – Scotton’s style of illustration is very apt for the story he tells. Splat really comes off the page in a nearly 3D way. The detail to the individual hairs spiking delicately off Splat’s body is amazing. The story has a gentle moral to it – about how even the toughest-looking person has fears and often friendship can be found through shared worries. It was a great read. I mean: who wouldn’t laugh seeing a bunch of cats in swimming trunks?


You can hear Molly Ringwald read this title on the Barnes & Noble website: – scroll along to get to the story. (She really doesn’t sound like the girl I watched in Sixteen Candles!)

Rob Scotton’s website:



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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