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Drat that fat cat!
2003
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Summary
A feline version of "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly" that will simply trip off your tongue--with a shoutable read-aloud refrain!

Once there was a cat, a fat, fat cat.
But was that cat fat enough? NO, HE WAS NOT!

He ate up a rat. He swallowed a dog. He even had an old lady for dessert (it's about time SHE got eaten!). But was that cat fat enough? NO, HE WAS NOT!

The adventures of this omnivorous feline are sure to inspire laughter and have young readers chiming in with the refrain. So will children be satisfied with just one reading?
NO, THEY WILL NOT!
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School Library Journal Review
PreS-Gr 1-A cumulative tale about a voracious feline that can't get enough to eat until he consumes a bumblebee. Youngsters will enjoy listening to this picture book, which is also a suitable beginning reader due to the repetition of words with the short "a" sound and phrases. The author poses the recurring question, "But was that cat fat enough?" The answer, "No, he was not!" appears in even larger bold print. Colorful cartoon illustrations show a smug yellow-and-orange striped cat as he grows larger with each successive creature he devours. An additional purchase for most libraries.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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PreS-Gr. 1. With a nod to I know an old lady who swallowed a fly and a wink at Old Macdonald, Thomson has made a noisy read-aloud that will also appeal to new readers. There's a lot of rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration in this tale of a very large marmalade cat that is always hungry. As the cat meets a rat, a duck, a dog, and a little old lady, he gobbles them up one by one, even though each says, You are fat enough already! When he swallows a bee whole, however, things take a different turn, and he hiccups everyone out. Candy colors (the old lady has blue hair) and squiggles, dots, and stripes dominate. The orange cat looms large in most pictures; his pink nose and cheeks negate any fearsome aspect, and even the sounds of the critters he eats (squeak, quack, woof) have a jaunty air. --GraceAnne DeCandido Copyright 2004 Booklist
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