Here Comes Teacher Cat by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Claudia Rueda

        Here Comes Teacher Cat by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Claudia Rueda, Dial Books for Young Readers, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-399-53905-3

Format:  hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a starred review) 5

Genre: picture book

What did you like about the book? Silly, kind-hearted Cat is back, and this time he’s called on to be a substitute teacher at Kitty Elementary School. With his trademark facial expressions and hand-held signs, Cat indicates he is much more interested in napping than teaching. But he gamely goes to work and by the end of the day the kittens have played in a band, created a fish fountain, and, well, painted the classroom. When teacher Ms. Melba walks back into the room after her doctor’s appointment, the visual gag will bring laughs to children and adults alike. Each one of Cat’s adventures is a pure delight, and this newest story does not disappoint. The story and pictures together are top-notch, and the book is appearing just in time for back-to-school.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I loved everything about this book.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Read Alikes? Recommend Cat’s other adventures, for sure.  For another fun story about a substitute teacher consider Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard.

Who should buy this book? Elementary schools and public libraries should purchase this book.

Where would you shelve it ?  Picture books.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Renée Wheeler, Leominster Public Library, Leominster, MA

Date of review: August 3, 2017


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