See the Cat: Three Stories about a Dog

See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog
by David LaRochelle
illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Candlewick Press, 2020
Ages: Preschool to Grade 3
ISBN 978-1536204278

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Max is a dog … but why does the book keep insisting that the reader should “see the cat?” Over the course of these three short stories, Max and the book have very different ideas about the stories they wish to tell. Fortunately they're able to reach a happy conclusion that satisfies them both … and will make young readers giggle.

See the free downloadable activity and extension sheets for this funny beginning reader book!

* a creative drawing sheet
* a mini book that allows YOU to be the author
* See the Cat board game (part 1) and (part 2)

Awards and Recognition
ALSC Theodor Seuss Geisel Award 2021
ALA Notable Children's Books 2021
Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books, 2021
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Gryphon Award 2021
CCBC Choices 2021
Star of the North Picture Book Award nominee 2021-22
Sunshine State Young Readers Award Jr nominee 2021-22
Capitol Choices Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens 2021
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books, 2020
Cybils Award, Easy Readers 2020
Nerdies Award for Early Readers 2020
Junior Library Guild Selection
Parents magazine's 30 Best Children's Books of 2020
Texas 2x2 Reading List 2021
Amazon Best Books

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Book Reviews
“Using the predictability of traditional ‘easy reader’ books as a springboard to laugh-out-loud moments, this book is a rewarding choice for kids tackling the not-so-easy task of learning to read.” (Booklist, starred review)
“Kids will cheer for the affronted Max in this well-crafted early reader with surprising outcomes.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)
“The sharp humor and expressive, highly distilled gouache cartooning offer opportunities for lots of giggles, but the real joy of this stand-out beginning reader comes from watching a genuine underdog speak his truth.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
“Cartoon-style illustrations expertly support a text with repetition and simple sentences. As Max progresses from confused to canny to competent, children will find a reflection of their own reading journey as well as amusement at the metafictive aspect of a dog wrestling with a book.” (School Library Journal, starred review)
“This entertaining exploration of words, images, and how they function together to tell a story will be popular with fans of Mo Willems.” (The Horn Book)
“The book also has all the things a beginning reader needs to succeed, including words an emerging reader can decode (displayed in an accessible font); shorter sentences (the dialogue here is in speech bubbles); and brief, engaging chapters.” (Julie Danielson, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast)
“… laugh-out-loud funny. A welcome entry into a crowded field full of too few superstars.” (Elizabeth Bird, Fuse #8)
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