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Fat cat : a Danish folktale
MacDonald, Margaret Read, 1940-
Publication Information:
Little Rock, AR : August House, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
A greedy cat grows enormous as he eats everything in sight, including his friends and neighbors who call him fat.
Reading Level:
AD 330 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.0 0.5 55267.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 1 Quiz: 33130 Guided reading level: J.
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PZ8.1.M15924 FAT 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PZ8.1.M15924 FAT 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
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PZ8.1.M15924 FAT 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Have you ever heard the saying, Your eyes are bigger than your stomach? Well, Cat's stomach is bigger than a lot of things. He is always hungry, and living with culinary-inclined Mouse, who makes thirty-five pies in one day, just makes it worse. Fat Cat swallows everything in sight, including the washlady and her washtub, a troop of soldiers and their swords, even a king and his elephant! But when Cat swallows Mouse and her sewing basket, that's the last straw. Tiny Mouse cuts to the heart of ....

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Booklist Review

Ages 4-8. A Danish folktale about a greedy cat is retold in this striking picture book. Cat and Mouse are friends, but Cat has a voracious appetite, especially for anyone who dares to call him fat. After swallowing a washerwoman, a king and his elephant, and a company of soldiers, he swallows Mouse. By cutting a hole in cat's belly, Mouse cleverly rescues the group. The book's huge, bright illustrations are glorious. As the cat grows fatter, he takes up larger and larger portions of the double-page spreads until only his bright orange mouth and pink tongue are visible. The large, funny illustrations will carry well for a bigger crowd and, combined with refrain that invites chanting along, make this a surefire hit for reading aloud. --Helen Rosenberg

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4-MacDonald uses short, rhythmic sentences and repeated refrains to keep this tale of a greedy cat that lives with a mouse flowing. One day, he eats 35 pies. Then with a "slip slop, sluuurp," he proceeds to eat a wash lady and her laundry, some soldiers and their swords, the king and his elephant, and, finally, the mouse and her sewing supplies. Of course, Mouse cuts her way out and the others follow. After that, Cat eats more sparingly and others treat him with respect. Paschkis's folklike artwork has an open, uncluttered look. Individual objects curve along and around the pages on white backgrounds, lending focus to the feline as he becomes progressively larger after devouring each new morsel. One exception to this pattern is the spread that shows everything in the cat's stomach, all on a black background. It's dark in there! A page of notes explains the source of this story. Pair it with Jack Kent's The Fat Cat (Scholastic, 1971), a more humorous version, to show how different illustrated retellings can be.-Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.