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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Rob Scotton / Paperback / 32 Pages / Book is published 2008-08-04 by HarperCollins Children's Books

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      25.06.2012 13:37
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      Splat needs a friend to help him through his first day at school!

      Splat is the creation of childrens author, Rob Scotton who has written several books about his cat's colourful adventures. In this first book, Splat is supposed to be going to school for his first day but is understandably nervous. Not sure what to expect, he decides to sneak his best friend, pet mouse Seymour, into school hidden in his luncbox. But once there, Splat is made to feel very welcome by the teacher Mrs.Wimpydimple and all the other kitty cats and soon forgets his nerves.

      One of the first things he is taught however, is that Cats chase Mice so when Seymour manages to escape, as you can well imagine, chaos ensues. Fortunately, by working together, Seymour and Splat are able to turn things around and end up saving the day from ending in complete and utter mayhem!

      This is a great book and one we got as part of a boxset for christmas. Emilie, my daughter, loves the silly and colourful illustrations that accompany the story which are all very well drawn and help to convey the story perfectly! And what makes it even better is that there is a kind of moral to the story and a very simple narrative that is easy even for young children to follow.

      Splat is a great character, wonderfully created, and I look forward to reading more books in the series as well as Scotton's other childrens book, Russell The Sheep which apparently is just as good and as much fun if not more to read!

      Two thumbs up then from this household......

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        01.07.2011 18:21
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        Not for me or my daughter

        Splat the cat is one of the many books that I have picked up just because it was at a discounted price. The front cover was not overly attractive to me, not like a majority of other books I have bought, It did not scream out at me as though it was a book that I had to buy, but it was a book nether the less, and one containing cats which I thought my daughter would like.


        The front cover is plain and white with just a picture of a cat, a mouse, a bag and some crayons. It doesn't really give much away and neither does the title of the book, splat the cat. The name sounds like the result of a freak car accident. The book is written by the author Rob Scotton, I myself am not familiar with any other books that he has written. The large and interesting illustrations within the book somewhat make up for the lack of interest in the front cover. The pictures are very large covering most of the page helping somewhat with a child's imagination. The pictures help to tell a story and my daughter has been able to sit and tell me her own story by looking at the pictures.


        The story itself is not very interesting, it tells a story of a cat who is frightened of his first day of school and because of this he really wants to take his pet mouse in with him. At school he learns how cat's are supposed to chase mice but he really doesn't understand why. At lunch time his pet mouse accidentally falls out of his lunch box and all of the cats start to chance him. The mouse runs to hide and then the cats realise that there milk is locked in a cupboard that they can't enter. Hearing this, the mouse goes to save the day by crawling into a small hole and opening the cupboard from the inside. After this the teacher then give the class another lesson of how cats no longer chance mice. To be honest I find the story very weak and my daughter is not a big fan of it either. I think there is meant to some humour in the book but I cant say I personally find it very funny, more annoying really.


        I think the book is a decent book to read to children who are worried about going to school but since my daughter is only 3 she really didn't have any reason to be reading it and she didn't like it from the first time I read it to her. The words in the book are of a decent size and the sentences are also rather short so it could also be ideal for school children who are learning to read. This book has some advantages and the story may be to some peoples taste but its definitely not to mine and to echo my thoughts, my daughter also doesn't like it. It is a paper back book and is 32 pages long. It can currently be bought from Amazon at around £3.50. I wouldn't recommend it but as with most books, you have to read them and judge for yourself because you may like it.

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          28.04.2011 22:24
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          my daughter didn't seem to like it

          My daughter was given a box of goodies from Bookstart at nursery and inside were two books, one of the books was Splat the cat so we decided to have a read. The book is written by Rob Scotton who is the author of best selling books about Russell the Sheep and was published in 2008, the RRP of the book is stated as £5.99 but on the back of this one it states a gift from Bookstart and HarperCollins. Having had a look on the internet I have found that you can get the book from Amazon for £3.49 including delivery.

          The book is a paperback and about 10inches square so it is a good size to be able to read and allow your child to see the pictures at the same time. The book needless to say is about Splat the cat and his first day at school, Splat initially doesn't want to go to school and makes as many excuses as he can to get out of going, when he does finally go to school he takes his friend the mouse. At school Splat and the other cats are learning what cats do to mice and when the mouse comes out of Splats lunch box they all chase him, the mouse saves the day when the teacher cannot get the milk cupboard open and the cats decide not to chase mice anymore. The book ends with Splat being excited for his second day at school.

          I have to say I did not enjoy this book and my daughter who normally loves her story before bed didn't really make any comments about the book whereas usually she likes to discuss what's happening and the pictures. The pictures in the book are quite dark and miserable mainly grey and black with just splashes of colour such as one duck on the shelf in orange surrounded by grey books. My daughter even asked at one point where splat was as she seemed to have difficulty spotting the main character. Also the book is written like he said then she said and then he said again, I didn't feel the book flowed well and am pretty sure my daughter won't be asking to read it again any time soon. Not recommending this one.

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            17.10.2010 18:34
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            Splat the Cat is a childrens book written by Rob Scotton and was first published by Harper Collins Childrens Books in 2008. Splat the Cat is a new character from this author, who is famous for being the creator of Russell The Sheep (although I have to say I have never heard of this character as yet).

            The cover of this book is very eye catching, featuring a large picture of Splat with a little red school bag and he is holding a few coloured pencils, and looking closely at the picture you see a little mouse sitting on the bag. The title is in large funky text at the top of the cover and really stands out. Throughout the book the illustrations are just excellent and really help to tell the story.

            So, what is Splat The Cat about? It is a story about Splat's first day in school and he is so scared of his first day in cat school that his tail moves with worry. He's worrying that he may not make any new friends! So just in case that happens he decides to take his little friend, Seymour the mouse and hides him in his lunchbox!!

            When he finally gets to school after making up excuses not to go, he realises that it really isn't all that bad, his classmates all welcome him after his teacher Mrs Wimpydimple (I just love that name) introduces him and he can start with his cat lessons. During school, Seymour escapes, and what do cats do??? Chase mice!! Seymour hides behind a glass bottle which makes his face magnify and this frightens the cats so they all run awaybut they knock poor Splat over and flat on his back!! Splat is now worried that he is going to lose all the new friends that he has made but just in time, Mrs Wimpydimple announces that it is milk time to hopefully calm the situation down!

            However, she cannot open the milk cupboard, so it is down to Seymour to save the day and crawl through a tiny hole to enter the cupboard and open it from the inside. This leads the teacher to write on the board a new lesson " Cats don't chase mice" which gets a great cheer from the whole class. On the way home with his mum, Splat tells her he has made lots of new friends and the following day his tail is just wiggling with excitement for school rather than worry!

            I like the text in this book, it is quite large so a child will be able to read this themselves when they are old enough, and there isn't too much text on a page which I think is important as younger readers may get bored listening to lots of text.

            I bought this book on the recommendation of one of the leaders at my daughters playgroup as she will be starting nursery just after Christmas and this book is intended to make children feel that school isn't such a scary place and is somewhere to make friends and have fun. I feel that as she is about to start nursery this would follow the same principle and I feel it is important to make her feel like it will be a good fun place as she is a very shy little girl so it has been a bit of a worry for me too!! I bought this book from WH Smith on the 3 for 2 offer, but the price on the book is £5.99 though I am sure it will be found cheaper on Amazon.

            This book is a really well written story with some brilliant illustrations and all in all it makes it a really good book to read - my daughter likes to sit and look at the pictures and she chats along as though she is reading the book.

            A well recommended book! I give this book five out of five dooyoo stars!

            Thank you for reading my review :)

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              07.07.2010 08:19
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              Definately a nice book to own

              Splat the Cat is not a book I had heard of before but my son and I were shopping in WH Smiths one day and they had a 3 for 2 offer on children's books. I am a great fan of books and think a child should have lots so we decided to purchase some. My son chose this one in those three.

              The book is written by Rob Scotton who apparently also writes books about Russell the sheep but I can't say I have heard of those books either. The book was first published by HarperCollins children's books in 2008.

              The first thing that captured me about this book was the illustrations which I think are also done by the author. On the front of the book there is a big cartoon picture of this really cute black fluffy cat, holding pencils and a satchel. I think it just looks so cute and fluffy that I was enticed to go into the story and see more. Throughout the story the illustrations are brilliant, very detailed and there are a lot of them. I like this as it breaks the story up but also depicts how Splat is feeling throughout the story.

              The story is about Splat the Cat's first day at school. We didn't realise this at the time of buying it but it was good timing as my son was starting school a few months after buying this book.

              Splat is scared about going to cat school and is trying to think of everything possible as a reason for him to stay home-no clean socks, and a bad hair day are used at excuses! This makes me giggle as I remember my first day at primary school all those years ago. I was so scared and shy that I made up many excuses to not go to school too! Like myself however Splat must go to school.

              When he gets there we find it isn't all bad, his class are welcoming and he enjoys asking lots of questions in class. His first lesson is why they chase mice. Well Splat has a friend that is a mouse so he is asking why they chase mice quite often and simply gets the response "It's what we do".

              After lunch Splats friend Seymour the mouse actually saves the day by creeping in a cupboard and unlocking it allowing them to get their milk. All the cats think Seymour is wonderful and they change the message on the blackboard to cats don't chase mice.

              When Splats mum picks him up from school he is full of excitement from the school day and cannot wait to go again.

              I think this is a really lovely story. It introduces children to the concept of starting school and making friends and shows that it is not all that scary. My son loves the pictures in the book and also enjoys the story. The book retails at £5.99 but I think this is worth it-especially if you get it on a three for the price of two offer!

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                03.12.2009 18:00
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                A picture book full of humour

                Splat the Cat wakes up early on his first day at Cat School. He is worried about starting school and makes all sorts of excuses for not going: he's having a bad hair day, or the gate won't let go of his fingers. Mum, however, has an answer for everything, so he makes sure he has his pet mouse, Seymour, in his lunch box for company, and off they go.

                Arriving at school, Splat is welcomed by his teacher, the buxom Mrs Wimpydimple, another feline of course. The other cats in the class (who all seem to be grey whilst Splat is black) give Splat a friendly welcome. Mrs Wimpydimple begins her lesson about cats - what else? - on the blackboard. When she mentions that cats chase mice, however, Splat wants to know why but doesn't let on that he has a pet one in his lunch box. Splat asks why so many times that Mrs Wimpydimple sighs and announces that it is time for lunch.

                When Splat opens his lunch box and his classmates notice Seymour, they immediately start to chase the poor mouse. Seymour frightens them by hiding behind a glass bottle that magnifies his face and makes him look like a monster. They flee, Seymour chases them, and they all knock poor Splat flat on his back. To calm them down Mrs Wimpydimple declares that it is milk time, but she cannot open the milk cupboard. Seymour saves the day when he finds a tiny hole through which to enter the cupboard and is able to open the door from inside. His skill and resourcefulness prompt Mrs Wimpydimple to write on the board 'Cats don't chase mice', which rouses a cheer from the class.

                Mum comes to take Splat home and on the way he tells her that he has made lots of friends. The following morning when he wakes up his tail is wiggling with excitement rather than the worry of the previous morning.

                Rob Scotton, of 'Russell the Sheep' fame, has created another character and story full of delight and humour in 'Splat the Cat'. Whilst not being the first book on the trauma of starting school, this is an original take on the idea. The cats behave like typical cats in some ways, but Scotton depicts them as people who wear clothes, ride bikes and walk on two legs. Strangely enough, Splat himself doesn't wear anything, except that he has a small red helmet when he is on his bike.

                Scotton's illustrations are charming. Splat has a lovely furry body and head but his legs are like matchsticks and his tail is extremely long and wiggly. We see his classmates welcoming him with big grins, some with missing teeth, some wearing glasses, and one hugging a Russell the Sheep toy. There are lots of little amusing details, such as a notice attached to a drainpipe that states 'Strictly no dogs', and many others that do not require any reading. My only criticism would be that not many bright colours have been used; there is rather too much grey, and even the clothes of the cat pupils are mostly dull turquoises, greens and mauves.

                The font used for the text is large and clear. It usually appears on a white background other than a few pages where it is superimposed on a light grey area of an illustration. Sometimes a very large font is used for one or two words, for instance when the cats all shout "Mouse!" or "Hurray!" The amount of text on each page is never so much that a young child will get bored and want to turn over too soon.

                This is of course an ideal book for a four-year-old who is approaching the time to start school, as the story is intended to make children feel that school is a place to have fun and make friends rather than a place to cause worry. Because of the humour, however, a three-year-old could also get a lot of enjoyment from 'Splat the Cat', and I'm sure a five-year-old would not find it too babyish. A young independent reader with some degree of confidence might enjoy reading the book alone; the illustrations will provide encouragement as well as clues to what is going on.

                The story itself may not be wildly exciting, but I would recommend 'Splat the Cat' as an entertaining read-aloud book. The humour and illustrations make it a book that most young children would enjoy listening to and looking at again and again. I borrowed a copy from the library, but Amazon's price of £3.69 could make this well worth buying.

                Splat the Cat
                By Rob Scotton
                Paperback, 32 pages
                Harper Collins, 2008
                ISBN 9780007284542
                Price £5.99 (Amazon £3.69)

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