Children’s Book: SPLAT THE CAT by Rob Scotton

Splat I recently got a review copy of a children's book called Splat the Cat, by Rob Scotton, the author and illustrator of the endearing Russell the Sheep. It's the story of a cat with first-day-of-school jitters. He decides to sneak his pet mouse Seymour into school via his lunchbox. During the day, after learning from his teacher that cats are "cunning and quick", Splat lets Seymour out of the lunchbox. Hijinx ensue, and Seymour ends up teaching the cats some unexpected things about mice. Splat, meanwhile gains the confidence to start looking forward to going to school.

I didn't enjoy this book as much as Russell the Sheep, though my four year-old girls seemed to like it a lot. The illustrations are delightful and creative, but I thought the story was a little lacking. I know, that sounds a little harsh to say about a children's book, but I've read it twice and had the same reaction. However, as I mentioned, my kids really liked the book and paid attention to every page.

So if you're a fan of Russell the Sheep, give Splat the Cat a try.


  • October 21, 2008 - 12:23 pm | Permalink

    I have not read this book but I often feel that children’s books are not written with an adult in mind. Now I know what you are going to say.. “It’s a children’s book!” Yes, but authors of picture books should take the parents into account. We are the ones that have to read them to the kids!
    I feel this way about a lot of the Disney books. They assume we all know the story so they leave out huge pieces of plot in order to get all the princesses in. LOL.

  • October 21, 2008 - 7:47 pm | Permalink

    I’ve tagged you! 🙂

  • October 23, 2008 - 6:17 pm | Permalink

    My pet peeve with many Disney books is the use of “suddenly” to introduce a huge plot change. Like Ti said, the adaptations cut out A LOT and are often nonsensical in the disjointed way they end up!

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