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The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read
Contributor(s): Manley, Curtis, Berube, Kate (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1481435698     ISBN-13: 9781481435697
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: July 2016
Annotation: When Nick decides to teach his cats to read, Verne is very much interested, especially in books about mice and fish, but Stevenson wants nothing to do with the project--or does he?
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Books and reading; Fiction.
Cats; Fiction.
Illustration of books; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Cats
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
- Juvenile Fiction | Books & Libraries
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2014024861
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.50" H x 8.50" W x 0.50" (0.84 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 184256
Reading Level: 3.0   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q68234
Reading Level: 2.2   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Spring)
It's difficult at first, but Nick persists until he manages to teach his cat Verne to read. However, his other cat, Stevenson, who looks grumpy in the expressive illustrations, continues to resist--until Stevenson's pirate drawings are discovered and turned into a story. There's humor for adults and children alike in this enjoyable book about reading and the imaginative play it can inspire. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2016 April #3)

Nick, a brown-skinned boy with a puff of curly hair, has two cats: Verne, who is pretty chill, and Stevenson, who makes Grumpy Cat look exuberant. Neither is happy when Nick turns his attention to a book: Verne lolls across the pages, and Stevenson sits on a stack of volumes, cleans his paws, and scowls. "So Nick decided to teach them to read," Manley writes, making a marvelous debut—and it works. For Verne, anyway: "He practiced on his own, over and over, even after Nick went to bed." Soon, Verne has a library card and is borrowing "so many books that Nick could hardly carry them home." But where does that leave Stevenson? As any former reluctant reader knows, sometimes it takes the right nudge to fall in love with books; here, it's the discovery that cranky Stevenson is actually an artist. Berube's (Hannah and Sugar) softly textured paintings are funny, smartly composed, and deeply moving as she makes the cats' literary and artistic endeavors seem like the most natural thing in the world. Ages 4–8. Author's agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Lori Kilkelly, Rodeen Literary Management. (July)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 June)

PreS-Gr 2—Book-loving Nick teaches his cats, Verne and Stevenson, to read in this debut picture book. Nick loves spending time with his cats, but he notices that they seem bored every time he pulls out a book. He decides that teaching them to read will not be too difficult, and quickly makes flash cards with some easy words on them. Though Verne struggles at first, he begins to show interest, but Stevenson remains unenthusiastic. Verne quickly becomes a proficient reader, but Stevenson starts to withdraw more and more when Nick tries to make him read ("'F-I-S-H. See? Fish! Verne loves that word. Don't you?' But Stevenson said, 'Meow!' and ran under the porch. He hissed at Nick and Verne."). Once Nick discovers a treasure trove of pictures, drawn by Stevenson, he realizes that he simply wasn't using the right approach with Stevenson. With a nod to Treasure Island, the author reveals that Stevenson is most interested in being a pirate. Soft acrylic drawings show the right amount of emotion on Nick's face and on the felines' as well. VERDICT This quirky tale filled with subtle humor makes a fun read-aloud, especially for cat lovers, literacy lovers, or anyone looking for a great story.—Brooke Newberry, La Crosse Public Library, WI

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 December)
PreS-Gr 2—Brimming with personality, two independently minded felines named Verne and Stevenson prove to be reluctant readers until their determined owner finds "just right" books for his pupils. Charming full-page and spot watercolor paintings offer readers clues to the tales these appropriately named pets might enjoy.. Copyright 2016 School Library Journal.