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What will Fat Cat sit on? The pig? (Oink!) The chicken? (Cluck!) How about the dog? (Grrrr.)      Everyone in this bumbling animal gang (understandably) hopes the victim will be someone else! Leave it to Mouse to come up with a brilliant solution that satisfies everyone, even Fat Cat himself. Filled with hilarious asides and an interactive question-answer format, this irreWhat will Fat Cat sit on? The pig? (Oink!) The chicken? (Cluck!) How about the dog? (Grrrr.)      Everyone in this bumbling animal gang (understandably) hopes the victim will be someone else! Leave it to Mouse to come up with a brilliant solution that satisfies everyone, even Fat Cat himself. Filled with hilarious asides and an interactive question-answer format, this irreverent young picture book will delight toddlers who love to shout "NO!"...

Title : What Will Fat Cat Sit On?
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ISBN : 9780152060510
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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What Will Fat Cat Sit On? Reviews

  • Betsy
    2019-01-28 20:38

    Systematically, a narrator asks a couple questions. For example: Will Fat Cat sit on the cow? As we're asked this, a gleeful feline gives a mildly panicked cow the eye. The cow, however, is assured that the Fat Cat will not sit on him (response: "Yee-haw!"). So will the Fat Cat sit on the chicken instead? In a bout of panic the chicken tries to distract us and suggest the pig. Fortunately neither will be sat on today (though if I were the pig I'd be harboring some pretty nasty thoughts towards that two-timing fowl). Other animals are threatened with the Cat's rump, until a mouse brings up the loony idea of the cat maybe trying a big comfy chair. Problem solved, all the animals give a sigh of relief. That is, until the narrator asks, "NOW, what will Fat Cat . . . have for LUNCH?" Exit cast of characters in a blind panic, stage left.The plot may not sound like much on the outset, but this book is a born readaloud. Here are the first four pages, "Will Fat Cat sit on . . . the COW? Moo? NO! Fat Cat will not sit on the COW! Yee-haw!" Okay, now put the right amount of emphasis on each one of those words and then couple that with the pictures. If done correctly, this is hilarious. Nor does it hurt matters any that the pictures have a kind of thick-lined, madcap giddiness to them. It's Fat Cat's name in the title, and there's a reason for that. Whenever the book speculates on exactly which animal Fat Cat might plant his fanny on, the picture of our hero(?) just cracks me up. Take a look at the cover and you'll get a sense of what I mean. There he is, grinning wildly, an insane glint in his furry little eyes as he anticipates squashing someone beneath his magnificently huge posterior. The fact that cows and pigs are desperately afraid of Fat Cat is funny in and of itself, and you just have to love the book's timing.Someone somewhere is going to tell you that Jan Thomas is the poor man's Mo Willems. Do not listen to the person who informs you of this fact. It is easy to glace at FAT CAT and make gross accusations of this sort. And I might concede that Harcourt would have been more reluctant to public "Fat Cat" had Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! not been the nationwide hit it turned into. I, however, trust that you are the kind of person who can tell a good book from a knock-off. What Jan Thomas has done here is create a book that upsets your expectations right from the start. My husband complained after reading the title that it would make sense if the chicken were threatened with premature sitting before the cow. I disagree. The fact that the larger animal freaks out over the threat of the cat is a much funnier opening than if it were a smaller critter involved. Thomas has an ear and an eye for visual comedy that is as funny to four-year-olds as it is to forty-year-olds. No small feat, I assure you.Fat cats tend to make for good children's books. The Fat Cat Sat on the Mat by Nurit Karlin is a definite example of this, but it's hardly alone. Consider too Fat Cat: A Danish Folktale by Margaret Read MacDonald, Drat That Fat Cat! by Pat Thomson, or perhaps the equally manic/glassy eyed kitty in Farmer Smart's Fat Cat by James Sage. With this crew of great books available, "What Will Fat Cat Sit On?" is in good company. Arguably the best of the overweight kitty genre, this is a crowd pleaser and bound to be a children's librarian's new best friend. Funny furry stuff.

  • Dee/ bookworm
    2019-02-05 02:28

    One of the best kid books around. You can add sounds for the animals and keep kids laughing! Wonderful book!!

  • Sarah
    2019-02-06 20:24

    I LOVE this book--the illustrations are so simple, but very expressive, and the dialogic style is excellent for story time and developing narrative skills. Plus you have to love the look on fat cat's face!

  • Melody
    2019-01-26 01:32

    I find my tolerance for marginally entertaining books goes up exponentially as my proximity to enthusiastic children increases. Had I read this on my own, I wouldn't have liked it much, but since I had people with whom to read it, it wasn't too bad. The illustrations are not at all my style, but they are emphatic.

  • Tricia
    2019-02-18 22:40

    My 6yo read this book to me at bedtime! Even though he says it's too easy (it is below his reading level) he thinks the story is hilarious and enjoys the fact that he's the one reading. His 9yo brother also enjoys it - he thinks it's absurd that the animals all look so scared. And the dad of the family correctly predicted the ending.

  • Tams
    2019-01-30 21:22

    I learned that my kids love this book and so I have read it about 50 times this week. It is fun to read out loud though because of all the animal sounds and emotion you can put into it. Which is why I think I have read it 50 times.

  • Susan
    2019-02-21 23:18

    Great silly fun, perfect for reading to a group of preschoolers who will totally get the goofy humor. Will they love the cranky dog face as much as me? The horrified little mouse going "Eeep"? I think so.

  • Dana
    2019-02-20 01:40

    just plain HILARIOUS! I love fat cat!! :)

  • Sawy-o
    2019-02-11 02:19

    The title is the best part of the book.

  • Katy
    2019-02-16 20:15

    I can really see how kids would very much enjoy Jan Thomas's books. They're colorful, silly, short, and have lots of opportunities for animal noises. I won't use them though. I just don't like them. They're empty of any substance (even minorly) and I dislike throwing the word "fat" around as a descriptor of what is pretty much a humanoid figure.

  • Ms. Shoshana
    2019-01-30 03:24

    This isn't my favorite Jan Thomas book. It works and the audience usually enjoys it, but they basically enjoy anything with bright enough pictures and very few words that are mostly noises. I find the humor of the ending hard to convey to a large story time group, although it would probably work better one-on-one with a child.

  • Sid Sachdeva
    2019-01-30 03:37

    Really funny and adorable. My daughter was laughing the whole way through.

  • Milton Moon Louie
    2019-01-31 21:34

    No one wants the fat cat to sit on them! B

  • Samantha
    2019-01-22 23:25

    Not really into books which basically hinge on fat jokes.

  • Marty
    2019-02-17 22:41

    Who says predictable text has to be boring and predictable? Like all of Thomas’ series, this makes it a great choice for young readers.

  • Mely
    2019-01-31 19:18

    short and pointless. Not really our type of book but cute illustrations nonetheless

  • Laurie
    2019-02-16 03:31

    Kirkus Reviews (August 1, 2007)In this comic debut, Thomas has created a cat that puts Garfield to shame. With just a few, oversized words per page, the drama is clear: Where will this gargantuan cat sit? On the cow? The cow looks terrified, and he should be. The cat's head dwarfs the cow's, so it's no wonder the cow raises his hooves in a joyous "Yee-haw!" when he realizes he has been spared. The fun of the story is the interaction between the characters on the page and with the readers themselves. Lapsitters will yell out a warning and cluck and moo along with the threatened farm animals. These animals are all eyes and teeth, fearful in terror or laughing in relief. Familiar animals, repetitive text and heavily outlined page-filling graphic illustrations add up to a lot of laughs. This is a book that toddlers and new readers will reach for again and again. Shelve this near Mo Willems' Pigeon books. (Picture book. 3-6)Publishers Weekly (September 10, 2007)Fat Cat is ready to take a seat, and all the other animals firmly believe it's not a matter of "what" but rather "whom" he will choose for his resting place. Solidarity quickly breaks down-"Sit on the Pig! Sit on the Pig!" shrieks Chicken in full Furies-like mode-until Mouse gingerly broaches an alternative: "Perhaps he could sit on the chair?" Sighs of relief all around-until the animals realize it's Fat Cat's lunchtime. Thomas, in a rollicking and highly promising debut, makes this book a laugh-out-loud pas de deux between Dick-and-Jane-get-stylish typography (which goes by the evocative names of Eatwell Chubby and Chaloops) and the supremely silly visual evocation of high anxiety. Eschewing anything that smacks of a setting (except for the comfy chair to which Fat Cat is directed) she renders her barnyard characters in super-saturated colors and thick, bold outlines. Mood swings generally have a bad name these days, but Thomas makes them a hoot. Ages 3-5. (Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.School Library Journal (December 1, 2007)PreS-K-Observing the wide Cheshire grin from the front cover, readers are soon made aware that Fat Cat is getting ready to sit down. It takes only one page for them to realize that what is to come is utmost absurdity-will Fat Cat sit on a cow, a chicken, or a pig? Finally, mouse comes up with a grand idea to solve the current problem. But wait-now it is lunchtime! What will Fat Cat eat? This book could be classified as an easy reader for those who are just beginning to recognize words that sound alike and are repeated through the text, because picture clues are abundant. Yet toddlers can equally enjoy the story because of the simple yet direct question posed in the title. The cartoon illustrations are bright, basic, and expressive, with a bold outline for each character, allowing the pages to be seen by a group at storytime. The well-paced, laugh-out-loud humor ensures that this story can be enjoyed again and again.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.Related Lists

  • Shel
    2019-02-22 01:29

    Thomas, J. (2007). What Will Fat Cat Sit On? New York: Harcourt, Inc.9780152060510Appetizer: Using a repetitive question and answer format, What Will Fat Cat Sit On? asks readers just that. Since the questions are all whether or not the cat will sit on certain animals, the book also helps young kids to work on identifying cows, chickens, pigs, mice, etc. and the noises they make.The illustrations are simple and fun. Thomas does an excellent job of showing the characters' worry or joy in their expressions.As the reader is asked whether fat cat will sit on the various animals, the answer is always no. While kids will probably love shouting out "NOOOOooooooooOOOOOO!" and all of noes do provide tension for a possible "yes" at the end. As a preschooler, I would have totally wanted to yell out yes to Fat Cat sitting on a cow, chicken or pig. While a teacher can negotiate those moments for kids who are fans of the absurd like I was, it was a little frustrating that the text always disagreed with what I wanted it to say.Dinner Conversation:"Will Fat Cat sit on...the cow?""No! Fat Cat will not sit on the cow!""Sit on the pig! Sit on the pig!"To Go with the Meal:Oh, Jan Thomas, you are so good at writing simple stories that will encourage young little children to interact with stories physically. This would be a good book for a read aloud story. Children can repeatedly shout back "yes" or "no" to the text. Plus a teacher can easily go off the script of the story and ask more questions, like whether a cat will sit on a skunk, in a bath or on a lap, etc. A teacher can also use this book as an opportunity to encourage kids to describe some of the places where they have seen cats and other animals sit.I could see some teachers freaking out about the use of the adjective "fat" in the cat's name. It could lead to a teaching moment in which a teacher will have to remind wee little kids that it's not nice to call one another fat.It's also worth noting that Jan Thomas has a very simple website that reflects the illustrations of her picturebooks that a teacher could encourage new internet users to navigate. (But at the same time, the site does lack information for a blogger might want to construct a useful author bio. Just saying....)Tasty Rating: !!!

  • Heidi-Marie
    2019-02-17 21:37

    I love Jan Thomas' illustrations. And her silly humor. The end was great. This will be a fun one to try in storytime. 1/30/13 & 1/31/13: Wonderful opener for my "Pets" theme. The kids loved it! Their expressions were so cute. 7/22/15 Used in Big and Small theme, since the cat was bigger than some of the animals. Wanted something silly and funny, too, and that worked. It was a good ending and worked leading in to the mouse craft I had.2/1/17 Betsy asked me to fill in for one of her Toddler ST's with the theme of mice. She had already selected a stack of books I could read from. So I picked this and used it as the closer. I had them mimic the animals with their fear and jubilation. They were quite into it. Very good group.

  • babyhippoface
    2019-01-24 23:28

    "SIT ON THE PIG! SIT ON THE PIG!"That's my favorite page. ")I love it when a picture book makes me laugh out loud. Fat Cat is a HOOT. Terrifically funny illustrations, and just a downright funny concept, when you think about it.Read this super-simple book aloud to a bunch of 3- , 4-, and 5-year-olds and watch them erupt into fits of giggles. Make sure they're close enough to see the pictures. Oh--and you have to make the same faces as the animals. But it will be worth it, I promise. *Update: I read this to three classes of Kindergartners today, and they loved it. I read it once, then they read it back to me. With the exception of about 5 words, they could read the entire book themselves, which they thought ROCKED.

  • Melody
    2019-02-03 19:23

    That big ol' fat cat is used to sitting anywhere he wants and it usually involves flopping down on one of the unfortunates who look all soft and cuddly and like they'd make a comfy sitting spot. But guess what? Not the chicken or the pig or the cow or any other animal acquainted with that big of cat butt wants to be his chair. And each one does a billy goat to the troll kind of thing, suggesting another animal might be more to the cat's liking until the mouse solves the hole thing without being a turncoat. Great drawings.

  • Connie
    2019-02-20 20:23

    I adore this book. I love the faces of the various animals as Fat Cat considers sitting on them. I love how the duck offers up the pig. "Will Fat Cat sit on... the DUCK? "SIT ON THE PIG, SIT ON THE PIG!" I love how Fat Cat sits on the chair in the end. Strangely, this normal ending makes everybody laugh! (Sorry for spoiling the ending there.)Easy to read, simple and quick story - love it, love it, love it! Good for kiddos with short attention spans as well as kiddos who are beginning to develop a (slightly) sophisticated sense of humor.

  • Roxanne
    2019-01-26 01:16

    Awards:New York Public Library, Children's Books 2007 –– 100 Books for Reading and Sharing (10/07) Nick Jr, 25 Best Books of the Year (11/07)This story is about a fat cat and he has to decide who he wants to sit on. It is very funny and I would use this book with preschoolers and Kindergartn students. I would use this book with a unit on animals and have them write their own story about animals.

  • Amy
    2019-01-22 00:35

    This author is so charming and fun! She writes absolutely perfect books for children who are just starting to read without making the books dull and repetitive and unbearable. Her books are silly and funny and the illustrations are bright, bold, and hilarious. I love her! Hannah loves this book...won't let it out of her bedroom collection. And no matter how many times we read it, we always giggle at cat and his big bottom! Love, love, love!

  • Sara Bland
    2019-01-27 01:21

    This is a very funny picture book for young children. Each page is a hoot with bright pictures, huge words, and grand gestures. Where shall the fat cat sit? Who will he eat for lunch? This is definitely not one to pass up. There are no grand messages or theme, but this is definitely a very fun book to read with your child. A very exciting story! I would recommend this book for children who are in pre-k and kindergarten.

  • Dolly
    2019-02-12 23:23

    This is a simple and entertaining story that has a question and answer format that can help parents interact with children as they read the story together. The book asks questions and gets very humorous responses from the various characters. And the illustrations are very colorful and cartoonish. Our girls are too big for this kind of book now, but we still enjoyed reading it together anyway.

  • Jane
    2019-02-05 20:13

    What Will Fat Cat Sit On? has the best illustrations with expressions on the animals for children to enjoy all the emotions of the animal. Each time I read this to my preschool class, they giggle and laugh with enjoyment about the Fat Cat. What Will Fat Cat Sit On? is a great fun book for children and adults too.

  • Gps
    2019-02-04 01:37

    OK…this book is silly, but the illustrations are engrossing (take a look at the several scared faces), and the premise is absurd (especially the chicken saying, Sit on the Pig, in capital letters), but what fun to read aloud, and then wonder, what will happen next. a wonderful story for expressive reading...

  • Jess Brown
    2019-02-05 03:22

    Great book for toddlers/preschoolers as there aren't many words on a page, but the story is cute and silly. The book goes through silly things fat cat won't sit on (like a chicken or a pig) and ends with a tease of humor when fat cat decides not to sit on the mouse, but that he is hungry for some lunch...whatever will he eat? *wink wink* Adorable little book. Fun read aloud.

  • Michelle (FabBookReviews)
    2019-02-11 01:29

    I am a big fan of Jan Thomas' picture books. In a similar vein to Mo Willems' Pigeon books, the animals in Thomas' books are full of personality, larger than life, bright, lively, and quirky. Without fail, her books just click with kids and parents. When you get laughs from kids and their parents during storytime- awesome.