See the Cat
کتاب های مرتبط
- نقد و بررسی
- دیدگاه کاربران
نقد و بررسی
Starred review from October 19, 2020
The stage is set for a meta battle of wills in the opening of this early reader, divided into three short chapters, from the creators of Moo!. An omniscient narrator diverts from the illustrations, introducing Baby Cakes, “a blue cat in a green dress riding a pink unicorn,” in lieu of Max, the yellow dog shown in the frame. Max argues that he is no such thing until, indeed, a cat and unicorn ride through the scene. But anyone who believes that this protagonist is going to be put upon for another two chapters has another, and very funny, think coming. First, Max uses a pencil to alter the text, averting a bite from an angry snake. Then, after defying the narrator’s demand to “run and jump and spin and fly,” Max announces that if the narrator makes good on a threat to have a hippo sit on him, he’s outta there—and the book “will end up in the trash.” 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. Ages 4–8.
Starred review from January 1, 2021
K-Gr 2-Who is running the show in this delightfully humorous easy reader? The first line of text, large black font on a white verso page, is "See the cat." On the recto page, a yellow dog proudly declares in speech bubble text, "I am not a cat. I am a dog." As descriptors of the cat accumulate, dog Max grows more and more indignant until indeed a cat does appear and the text "See the red dog" is paired with red-cheeked Max admitting, "I am so embarrassed." In the second story, the omniscient narrator begins, "See the snake" as Max resignedly responds, "Here we go again." The jig is up, however, as Max cleverly averts the dangerous snake by using a pencil to write in a different ending. In the third story, Max takes control by threatening to leave the book when the narrator again tries to manipulate him. 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. VERDICT This humorous, self-referential, fourth wall-demolishing easy reader features a dog who seems to be at the mercy of the storyteller-or is he?-Ramarie Beaver, formerly at Plano P.L., TX
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Starred review from August 1, 2020
A dog insists he is the protagonist of three silly stories. In a running argument with the author, Max the dog feels he must rectify each narrative statement as he perceives it applies to him. Story No. 1 begins, "See the cat." There is no cat in the illustration, only the dog, who states with certitude, "I am not a cat. I am a dog." The author continues, "See the blue cat." The dog retorts, "I am NOT blue and I am NOT a cat." This continues with additional descriptions of the cat that isn't there--until the conclusion trots in a blue cat riding a unicorn. "See the red dog." Max admits, "I am so embarrassed." Story No. 2 has a similar beginning: "See the snake." "Here we go again," sighs Max. The narrator blandly records the snake's increasing anger, informing readers: "The mad snake is going to bite the dog." Thinking quickly, Max grabs a pencil and smartly makes an edit, inserting "not" between "is" and "going." Whew. In Story No. 3, Max takes control when confronted with an impossible choice: fly or be squashed by a large hippo. Sardonic cartoon drawings and the play on words cleverly elevate the repetitive, Dick-and-Jane pattern to include humor and suspense. Children, who are frequently subject to the control of others, will delight in seeing Max mirror their emotions and turn the tables. Kids will cheer for the affronted Max in this well-crafted early reader with surprising outcomes. (Early reader. 4-8)
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Starred review from September 1, 2020
Preschool-G *Starred Review* This beginning-reader book starts out innocently enough with See the Cat. A dog named Max, the only character in sight, politely points out in his speech balloon, I am not a cat. I am a dog. As the text elaborates on the cat's appearance and actions, the conflict between words and images quickly escalates. Meanwhile, Max's demeanor shifts from dignified to annoyed to infuriated to apoplectic, until a green cat rides past him on a blue unicorn, leaving him sheepish and embarrassed. In chapter 2, the text startles Max with The mad snake is going to bite the dog, but Max defends himself by penciling in one word that changes everything. And in the final chapter, after clever negotiation with the text, Max takes a well-deserved nap. With short, simple words and a keen sense of comedic timing, LaRochelle sets up this battle of wits but leaves space for Wohnoutka to work his magic. The expressive gouache illustrations bring the characters to life, deliver much of the book's humor, and create a blissfully happy ending for Max. 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.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2020, American Library Association.)