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See the Cat: Three Stories about a Dog

See the Cat Series

Written by David LaRochelle
Illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Candlewick, 2021
Early Reader, 64 pages
Ages 4–8

ISBN: See the Cat –  978-1-5362-0427-8
ISBN: See the Dog – 978-1-5362-1629-5
Scroll to the bottom for downloadable activity sheets

Awards & Good Things

  • Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner 2021
  • An American Library Association Notable Children’s Book
  • A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • A Texas Library Association 2×2 Reading List Selection
  • A Parents Best Book of the Year
  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice
  • A Center for Children’s Books Gryphon Award Winner
  • A Cybils Award Winner
  • Amazon Best Book
  • Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books 2020
  • Evanston Public Library’s Great Books for Kids List 2020
  • 2021 Capitol Choices Noteworthy Books for Children
  • CCBC Choices 2021
  • A Nerdy Book Award Winner
  • 2022 Star of the North Award Nominee
  • Florida’s Sunshine State Young Reader Award Nominee
  • A Bank Street College Best Book
  • A Midwest Independent Booksellers Assoc. Bestseller

Book Description

Max is a dog … but why does the book keep insisting that the reader should “see the cat?” Over the course of these three short stories, Max and the book have very different ideas about the stories they wish to tell. Fortunately they’re able to reach a happy conclusion that satisfies them both … and will make young readers giggle.

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Reviews for SEE THE CAT: THREE STORIES ABOUT A DOG

“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.”

“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.”

Booklist (starred review)

“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.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Who is running the show in this delightfully humorous easy reader? 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.”

School Library Journal (starred review)

“This beginning reader inventively supports both traditional and visual literacies. Short sentences carry a steady rhythm, with word repetition scaffolding language acquisition and offering clever callbacks. Gouache illustrations in subdued hues enliven and support the narrative. This entertaining exploration of words, images, and how they function together to tell a story will be popular with fans of Mo Willems.”

—The Horn Book

“There’s something about its combination of 4th wall bursting humor and pared down design that feels fresh. You can hand this to a kid learning to read, absolutely. Just be warned that their read may be punctuated with interjections of a highly voluble nature. In other words, this is laugh-out-loud funny. A welcome entry into a crowded field full of too few superstars.”

Reviews for SEE THE DOG: THREE STORIES ABOUT A CAT

 

“In the same vein as predecessor See the Cat (2020), LaRochelle and Wohnoutka’s latest collaboration plays out as a running argument between narrator and animal character. The playful rebellion against the repetitive Dick-and-Jane pattern makes for nonstop, rip-roaring fun. Using around 130 words and their variants, the careful yet deliciously over-the-top writing keeps the text accessible yet engaging. Wohnoutka’s full-color cartoon illustrations hilariously accentuate the cat’s histrionics. While most illustrations appear solely on the recto, a few well-placed double-page spreads add some delightful surprises. . . . See this book fly off the shelves.”

“Gouache illustrations capture the hilarity and readers will enjoy the three vignettes that provide a complete narrative arc of Cat’s day subbing in for Dog. . . . Using simple language, humorous speech bubbles, and laugh-out loud funny illustrations ­LaRochelle has another winning early chapter book that readers will enjoy having read to them as well as conquering on their own.”

School Library Journal (starred review)

“The seemingly straightforward text sets up the wonderfully comical gouache illustrations. . . A well-designed, irresistibly funny sequel for beginning readers.”

Booklist

“Early readers will eagerly recite and then read these total hoots again and again, which is the goal.”
Arkansas-Democrat Gazette

“The subversion of the static text with contradicting or simply goofy visuals cleverly brings the story to a meta level, but youngsters can still hone their burgeoning skills on the narrator’s direct, simple sentences.”

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“LaRochelle’s few but hilarious words and Wohnoutka’s cheery illustrations are a winning combination.”
Star Tribune

 

“With repetition and lots of silliness, this book is sure to become a treasured favorite.”
Brightly

“A clever premise, a rollicking pace and exuberant illustrations make ‘See the Dog’ a must-see choice.”

—The Florida Times-Union

Video

A preview of the beginning reader See the Cat: Three Stories about a Dog

Downloadable Activity Sheets

* See the Cat creative drawing sheet
* See the Cat mini book that allows YOU to be the author
* See the Cat board game (part 1) and (part 2)

* See the Dog Mixup Activity, a clever flip-the-flap sheet
* See the Dog Writing & Drawing Activity