Our new favorite picture book around here was a Christmas gift to my son. Splat the Cat, by Rob Scotton, is about a kitty who overcomes his fears on his first day of cat school. With brilliant and funny illustrations, it is the kind of golden children’s book that families will want to read again and again.
But in case you’re still not convinced, this is what my son had to say:
me: Tell me about Splat the Cat.
CKR: Um, he rides a silly looking bike.
me: Why does he ride a silly looking bike?
CKR: Because it’s an old fashioned book.
me: What’s the book about?
CKR: He’s kinda scared to go to school.
me: What kind of school does he go to?
CKR: It’s a cat school.
me: Who is he friends with?
CKR: Everybody in the class.
me: Who else?
CKR: He’s friends with a mouse.
me: Isn’t that kind of silly?
CKR: Yeah, because cats are supposed to chase mice.
me: Tell me more about the book.
CKR: Uh, that’s all.
me: Do you like the book?
me: Do you think other people should buy the book?
CKR: Because it’s a silly book.