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Author: Rob Scotton

Illustrator: Rob Scotton

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Publisher: Harper, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Splat is determined to win Mrs. Wimpydimple's scariest cat contest on Halloween. He'll take the scary spider (his mom trapped because Splat was too scared!) and he'll wear his scary costume. When Spike and Plank scared him with a single "boo," Splat knew he didn't have a chance to win the prize for scariest cat ... or will he? The adventures of Splat continue in this Halloween-themed book.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, transitional reader

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 3 to 9

Reading Level: 3

Age of Child: Read by a nearly 9-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: The minute she saw Splat, our daughter raced for this book. "He is so funny, mom. I love Splat." The next thing we heard were giggles. Then we had to read it together so she could make all of the "scaring noises."

Adult Reader Reaction: We love Splat, too. The stories are clever, and this one has just enough twist to add some suspense without being scary. This is a book I would have shared with her as a preschooler. This is one we would have kept for when she was learning to read, too.

Pros: An adorable cat and mouse, a little suspense, and a nice dose of humor combine in this great story for Halloween.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. If I were selecting a set of books for a new family, I would probably put together a Splat series as a package.

If You Liked This Book, Try: Love Splat by Rob Scotton SPLAT THE CAT   HALLOWEEN HOWLS; HOLIDAY POETRY (I Can Read! Series, Level 2)   GHOST EATS IT ALL (Little Boo! Books)

Educational Themes: The Splat books are really meant for fun reading, but there is a lesson about being adaptable. You might also talk about friendship and feelings (when his classmates laugh at his jack-o-lantern).

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, animal characters, Halloween, school

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2010

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