Hacking, Norm. When Cats Go Wrong. Illustrated by Cynthia Nugent. Book Review.

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This wacky book includes a CD with Norm Hacking singing the words in a deep, folksy style. The story features a little boy who’s afraid to leave his cat alone at home because it breaks ornaments, rips apart furniture and licks the butter.

It introduces some interesting vocabulary such as strewn, disarray, mournful, and traumatized.

The bright, dense pictures seem to be done in oil paint. They capture the mischievous nature of the cat well. Owners of cats will appreciate the boy’s varied expressions in response to his cat’s antics.

I would suggest reading the story aloud and discussing some of the vocabulary and illustrations before playing the CD. Once your child is familiar with the story, play the song and follow along with the book. It definitely adds a fun, new dimension to reading.

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