Negative Cat

negative cat sophie blackall

Every now and then I really need a book that is just plain old fun.   I need a book that is just fun for kids….and apparently…also is just fun for some adults who are librarians.

Yay for this book!  Meet our friend and hero who more than anything in the world wants to get a cat….. for a pet.  As we join him on his cat-getting mission, he is on Day 427 of asking for a cat.  The humor here is priceless.  We come along on the asking mission and we are proud of our asker.  He leaves no stone unturned. He asks at every turn. He asks every hour of the day and no matter where the family has run to.  

Then the day comes…. yes persistence and perseverance …. they have paid off for our guy.  A visit to the Animal Rescue finds “Pookie” - bottom shelf and right corner…a little out of the way this cat… and love at first sight it is. 

Our cat lover has made promises - you know the old clean your room bit, the write to grandma bit, the read 20 minutes every day bit.  He doesn’t care because now he has his cat.  

Then, trouble my friends..trouble…arrives….

There I will leave you but as you go bravely forward into the land of trouble I advise you to be sure to read the Author’s Note at the very, very end.  You will be thrilled and perhaps a bit surprised as I was (not being a cat person in any way.)  If you are a teacher reading this book aloud to your young listeners, I would highly recommend adding the Author’s Note to your experience.  Stretch those young minds in a wonderful direction.  Gives the book a whole new dimension to love.

48 pages                   978-0399257193              Ages 4-8

Keywords:  cats, pets, humor, family, reading, persistence, overcoming obstacles, humor, new experiences, animal rescue, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, Language Arts Curriculum

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,


Two-time Caldecott winner Sophie Blackall spins a winning tale about Max, a feline whose behavior doesn't win any raves, except from the boy who believes in him and finds a way to turn a negative into a positive.

When a boy is FINALLY allowed to get a cat, he has no doubts about which one to bring home from the shelter. But Max the cat isn’t quite what the family expected. He shuns the toy mouse, couldn’t care less about the hand-knitted sweater, and spends most of his time facing the wall. One by one, the family gives up on Max, but the boy loves his negative cat so much, he’ll do anything to keep him. Even the thing he dreads most: practicing his reading. Which, as it turns out, makes everything positive!—-from the publisher

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