Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Cat on the Mat is Flat

Title: The Cat on the Mat is Flat  
Author: Andy Griffiths
Illustrator: Terry Denton 
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends 
Publication Date: August, 2007 
Genre/Format: Fiction/Early Chapter Book 
GoodReads Summary:  Muck?! Uck! YUCK!
Is it just bad luck
when the truck of a duck
gets stuck in the muck?

Nine silly rhymes,
and a pig that slimes,
from a writer voted BEST
by The New York Times!

WARNING:  This book may self-destruct if used to teach a lesson.
“…The rat chased the cat.
The rat chased the cat with the baseball bat.
and around
and around the mat
the rat chased the cat with the baseball bat, until…
Never again did that cat chase the rat—
the cat was much too flat for that.”
What I Think: I'm a huge fan of The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow but only recently read The Cat on the Mat is Flat. I enjoy both but this book seems to be a bit wordier and tongue twistier and a little bit more thinkier. I noticed that I had to talk to Peanut about what was happening in the stories more than I did with The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow.
     This book is another wonderful rhyming book. It's full of silly stories and some slime and muck and swill so it's super perfect for kids who think ick is funny.
Read Together: Grades K - 3  
Read Alone: Grades K - 3 
Read With: Snake Cake and Stop Pop and others by Yukiko Kido, Green Eggs and Ham and others by Dr. Seuss, Elephant and Piggie (series) by Mo Willems, Up, Tall and High by Ethan Long
Snatch of Text:  
"There once was a frog
who lived in a bog.

The frog rode around
on a jet-rocket log.
There was no aster
frog in the bog."
Reading Strategies to Practice: Fluency, Making Connections, Making Predictions  
Writing Strategies to Practice: Rhyme, Literary Elements, Rhythm, Repetition, Alliteration, Onomatopoeia
Writing Prompts: Choose a word family and try to write a story with as many of the words in the word family as you can. Be sure to make it super silly! 
Topics Covered: Animals, Competition, Persistence, Imagination, Friendship, Sharing
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