Love, Splat

Common Sense Media says

Popular series cat courts kitten in sweet, funny story.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Splat is rewarded for his humility and kindness.

Violence & scariness
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Splat is an appealing hero, Kitten a sparkling romantic interest, and Spike a worthy opponent. Classic comedic confusion forms the basis of the book.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Splat's second picture book outing (don't worry -- you don't need to have read the first to enjoy this one) is about dabbling in the world of love on Valentine's Day. With a mad -- and apparently one-sided -- crush on the fluffy, adorable Kitten and a valentine to prove it, Splat goes up against arch rival Spike to win Kitten's affections.

Is it any good?


The book is cute, and while the story may be predictable to adults, kids will be satisfied with the sweet and sappy ending. It's not great literature but it's a nice story with a decent moral about the kind of behavior that really does win hearts and valentines!

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Spike's behavior -- what's wrong with it? Why do you think he behaves that way?

  • Also, what about Kitten? Does her behavior make sense? What's a better way for her to communicate her feelings to Splat?

Book details

Author:Rob Scotton
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:November 25, 2008
Number of pages:40
Read aloud:3
Read alone:7

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Kid, 8 years old September 24, 2009
not for adult or old people not for anyone
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent of a 2 and 4 year old Written byangelkirby2004 October 26, 2010

Great for Pre-K class or age

This was a fun book to read to my children. I loved it and so did my children
What other families should know
Great messages


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