- November is Picture Book Month! Love, Splat by Rob Scotton
unpgd. HarperCollins Publishers, July, 2008. 978-0-06-083154-7. (Borrowed from the library.)
Oh Splat! What took so long for me to meet you? My only excuse is that you pubbed in July of 2008 and I started work at a middle school (grades 5 - 8) in September of 2008. But, given that one of my mottos is, "You are never too old for picture books!" I have no excuse. Splat, I am sorry. I will make it up to you.
Splat the cat is worried. He is about to start school. He wants everything to be just right. He wants to bring a friend. He needs to bring a friend. So he drops his pet mouse, Seymour into his lunch box. Then his mom needs to pry him off of a variety of objects in order to get him to school.
Mrs. Wimpydimple and his classmates are warmly welcoming. They spend the morning learning about all the wonderful and amazing things that cats do, which includes chasing mice. Um. Mice? Then, it's lunchtime and, when Splat opens his lunch box, cats do what cats do. They chase Seymour!
What hysterical fun this book is. Splat is just so fuzzy and endearing! The palette is predominately grey and white and black of cats, with little splashes of color here and there. But there's such humor and energy on every page that I want to read every Splat the Cat book that came after. I even want to find out if there is a Splat the Cat plush toy to add to my collection of stuffies in my middle school library.