The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to ReadBook - 2016 | First edition.
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year
"A marvelous debut...Sometimes it takes the right nudge to fall in love with books." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"This quirky tale filled with subtle humor makes a fun read-aloud, especially for cat lovers, literacy lovers, or anyone looking for a great story." -- School Library Journal (starred review)
It's not easy to teach a cat to read, but one boy tries to anyway in this sweet and silly picture book debut that captures the challenges and rewards of learning to read.
Nick loves to read books--and he loves to play with his cats, Verne and Stevenson. So naturally Nick decides it's a great idea to teach his cats to read. But Verne and Stevenson don't appreciate when Nick wakes them up with a flashcard that says NAP. Nick finally piques Verne's interest with words like MOUSE and FISH. But not Stevenson's. While Nick and Verne go to the library, Stevenson hides under the porch. Will Nick ever find a way to share his love of reading with his feline friends?
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Nick and his two cats, Verne and Stevenson, were the best of friends and they did everything together … except reading.
Nick enjoyed stories so much that he was sure the cats would enjoy them too. He decided to teach them to read.
However the cats had other ideas.
Nick began with easy words in large print. Verne and Stevenson paid no attention. They just wanted to play.
At lunchtime Nick tried to teach the cats words about eating. The cats ignored him. They just wanted to eat. Later when he tried to teach them the word “nap”, they fell asleep.
The next day, Nick printed some words on pieces of paper which had been cut in the shape of fish. Now Verne was interested … but not Stevenson (who just said “Mrrp” and crawled under the bed).
As Nick introduced more words about fish - and food and cats - Vernon began to learn about letters and sounds. He struggled at first, but persevered. When he had mastered words, Nick started to read him stories. Soon Vernon could also read stories for himself!
But Stevenson still wasn’t interested, even when Nick and Vernon went off to the library for more stories to read.
Was there anything at all that could turn Nick’s grumpy, reluctant cat into a reader?
This totally endearing, amusing and quirky tale happily celebrates the joy of reading and the power of the imagination.
** Recommended for ages 3 to 7 years of age.
** Reviewed by Sally Hengeveld, librarian, Stratford Public Library.
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