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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows some school day activities: music and art class, building time, snack time, nap time.
It's nice to help out someone in an emergency -- especially if she's helped you out in the past. "Kittens can be fun!"
Positive Role Models
Cat steps up as a substitute teacher, even though teaching a class of kittens is challenging. The kittens are eager and helpful and clean up their mess.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Here Comes Teacher Cat is the fifth book by Deborah Underwood and illustrator Claudia Rueda starring a cat who answers the unseen narrator's questions by holding up signs with images on them. Here, Cat is asked to step in as a substitute teacher at Kitty School when Ms. Melba has to go to the doctor. Even though he'd rather be napping, he does a good job leading the kitties through their school activities, including art and music classes, building things with blocks, snack time, and cleanup. There's a lot of humor in the Cat-narrator exchanges, and it also offers a fun glimpse at school day routines, making it a good back-to-school or kindergarten book.
Is It Any Good?
This fresh twist on a back-to-school book shows readers classroom routines through the reluctant but good-hearted Cat, who talks with signs. The interplay between unseen narrator and substitute teacher Cat fuel the humor, and Claudia Rueda's adorable, deadpan illustrations carry the simple story. This is as charming as the other books in the series and highly relatable in its school setting.
There's also a nice message about helping others in need, especially when they've helped you in the past. Showing Ms. Melba return to class wearing a cone from the vet is a sweet, funny touch.
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