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Drat that fat cat! / by Pat Thomson ; illustrated by Ailie Busby.

Thomson, Pat. (Author).
Book Book (c2003.)
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Arthur A. Levine Books, c2003.
3 of 3 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
0 current holds with 3 total copies.
Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Danvers Children's Picture Books JJ / Thomson / Cats (Text to Phone) Available -
Peabody Main Children's Picture Books Child E/Thomson (Text to Phone) Available -
Winthrop Children's Picture Books Juv Picture Book Thomson, P. (Text to Phone) Available -

  • ISBN: 0439471958
  • ISBN: 0439471966 (alk. paper)
  • Edition: 1st ed.
Summary: A fat cat in search of food eats up everything he meets until he swallows a bee.
Authors: Busby, Ailie, (ill.).
Citation: Thomson, Pat. "Drat that fat cat!." New York, N.Y. : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2003.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2004 January
    PreS-Gr. 1. With a nod to "I know an old lady who swallowed a fly" and a wink at "Old Macdonald," Thomson has made a noisy read-aloud that will also appeal to new readers. There's a lot of rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration in this tale of a very large marmalade cat that is always hungry. As the cat meets a rat, a duck, a dog, and a little old lady, he gobbles them up one by one, even though each says, "You are fat enough already!" When he swallows a bee whole, however, things take a different turn, and he hiccups everyone out. Candy colors (the old lady has blue hair) and squiggles, dots, and stripes dominate. The orange cat looms large in most pictures; his pink nose and cheeks negate any fearsome aspect, and even the sounds of the critters he eats (squeak, quack, woof) have a jaunty air. ((Reviewed January 1 & 15, 2004)) Copyright 2004 Booklist Reviews.
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2004 January #1
    The captivating fat cat in this silly cumulative tale from a British team will eat anything. He gleefully consumes a rat, duck, dog, lady and even a bee whose sting causes him to "Hic!" and burp them all up again. The cat's pink-cheeked, innocent face and the animals' "quack quack quacking" and "squeak, squeak, squeaking" inside the cat's growing tummy obliterate any fears youngest readers might have about the gobbling menace. No sharp-toothed villain, the cat is a plump charmer who has obviously not heard of the nation's obesity crisis. Thomson's (The Squeaky, Creaky Bed) repetitive tag line ("But was that cat fat enough? No, he was not!") encourages reader participation while cleverly obscuring the speaker's point of view. As in the familiar verse about the old lady who swallowed a fly ("I don't know why..."), there's no reason given for the cat's behavior, and his comeuppance when the bee stings him is both short-lived and comic. The fat cat's unrepentant nature is underscored on the last page as he eyes a succulent mouse, a hint that the story may begin again. Busby's (Rosie's Zoo) droll watercolor cartoons make use of quirky shapes and perspectives. Her cat is not simply fat but gargantuan, towering over dog and doghouse, its pink stomach so capacious that its inhabitants are shown lolling within. Sheer enjoyable nonsense. Ages 2-6. (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2003 December
    PreS-Gr 1-A cumulative tale about a voracious feline that can't get enough to eat until he consumes a bumblebee. Youngsters will enjoy listening to this picture book, which is also a suitable beginning reader due to the repetition of words with the short "a" sound and phrases. The author poses the recurring question, "But was that cat fat enough?" The answer, "No, he was not!" appears in even larger bold print. Colorful cartoon illustrations show a smug yellow-and-orange striped cat as he grows larger with each successive creature he devours. An additional purchase for most libraries.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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