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Jun 10 2013

The cat, the rat, and the baseball bat Andy Griffiths

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Ill. by Terry Denton, (My Readers Level 1) Macmillan, 2013, ISBN 978174613000. Hbk.
(Age 3+) Recommended. Cats and rats are natural enemies and in this book Andy Griffiths has the rat coming out on top with the help of a baseball bat.
One of the short stories in the very popular The Cat on the Mat is Flat, this one is formatted for the beginning reader and is sure to be just as popular as the original collection of short stories. The story line is hilarious and the illustrations by Terry Denton are just fabulous and add a huge amount of hilarity to the story. Repetition, rhyming words and very short sentences will be a boon for the beginning reader and the illustrations also give clues to what is going on.
Others in the series are Ed and Ted and Ted's dog Fred and Andy G, Terry D, the brave tea-lady and the evil bee. These are certainly lots of fun and are sure to appeal to the young child who is venturing out on a quest to learn to read and to everyone else who enjoys the Griffiths' quirky humour and the alluring illustrations of Terry Denton. And that includes cat lovers!
Pat Pledger

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