The Cat on the Mat is Flat by Andy Griffiths

The Cat on the Mat is FlatMove over, Dr. Seuss.  Make way, Dav Pilkey.  Take cover, Lane Smith and Jon Sciezska.  There’s a another team on the block and they’re going to take the first to third grade “boy market” by storm.  At least they will if I have anything to do with it.

The Cat on the Mat is Flat is the latest endeavor from the duo of Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton.  They’ve been around for a while and they know they’re audience.  They have a series for older kids—boys, really, maybe the occasional girl—called Just Stupid, Just Annoying and Just Joking.  All the titles live up—or down—to their names.  However, The Cat on the Mat is Flat is their first move into the easy reader—and poetry–arena.  The verses are easy to read, have a wonderful meter and will offer a genuinely engaging experience for even the most reluctant reader.

In the manner of the old Roadrunner cartoons—or the more contemporary, Itchy and Scratchy, though not quite so disgusting—the poems and illustrations make you laugh and cringe at the same time.  This is no Hop On Pop. Forget fairies, puppies and kids who live in log cabins.  There’s a lot of kersplats, kersplogs, smacking, wacking, hills and swill plus frogs, logs and a muck sucking truck.  I guess you could say that it takes one to know one, because Griffiths and Denton are spot on here.   Little boys play, think and dream this way. This is what they want when they pick up a book.  And that’s exactly what they’re going to do, over and over again, all the while giggling, poking—and reading.  Who could ask for more?

Posted by: Eileen

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