Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Dragon's Fat Cat


Pilkey, Dav. 1992. Dragon's Fat Cat. Scholastic.

I love Dragon. I love his fat cat, "Cat." Everything about this one is perfect. And I do mean everything. Dragon's Fat Cat is a story revealed in five little chapters. The story is simple, one winter's day, Dragon hears a strange sound--a sound that turns out to be a meow. A meow coming from a very fat cat sitting outside his door. While the cat is resistant at first to coming inside, Dragon soon takes matters into his own hands. Now this stray cat is stray no more--Dragon gives him a perfectly lovely name, "Cat." But while in many ways Dragon is happy to have Cat in his life, there are new problems to be dealt with:

Dragon liked living with Cat,
and Cat liked living with Dragon.
But Dragon did not know
how to take care of Cat.
He did not know how to train Cat.
That was a problem.
Dragon did not know what to feed Cat.
That was a big problem.
And Dragon did not know what to do
about all the yellow puddles Cat made.
That was a smelly problem.

Will Dragon figure out how to train Cat? How to take care of him? And just why is Cat so fat anyway?!

I loved this one. As in I read it over and over and over and over and over again. It's an appealing little book that I just adored.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

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