Here Comes Valentine Cat and Love, Splat

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Here Comes Valentine Cat

Deborah Underwood
Pictures by Claudia Rueda
Dial Books for Young Readers, Penguin Young Readers Group, 2016

From the dust jacket, “Cat is no fan of Valentine’s Day, especially when it brings a new dog to the neighborhood. (illustration of a dog bone hitting Cat’s head) Ouch, I’m sorry, Cat. You want to teach Dog a lesson? Well, don’t be too hasty. On Valentine’s Day, even a crabby cat can have a Change of Heart.”

Another installment in the popular (to me) Here Comes Cat books! Previous Cat books I’ve reviewed are Here Comes Easter Cat, Here Comes Tooth Fairy Cat, and Here Comes Santa Cat (click on the names to be taken to my review!!). In these books Cat is very cranky and he communicates with the reader by holding up signs and accurate facial expressions. The reader and Cat talk about what’s going on – and in this case, its Valentine’s Day.

Cat doesn’t like Valentine’s Day – he thinks it’s too mushy and adding insult to injury, a new Dog has moved next door and is throwing things over the fence at Cat. Cat wants to send Dog off in a rocket but the reader persuades Cat to see things from Dog’s point of view.

This book is so cute and funny. This is a great read aloud book or perfect for early readers. Kittens will delight in Cat’s antics and maybe even learn a little kindness along the way!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 paws because I love Cat!!!!!

Reviewer: simon-locSimon.

Love, Splat

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Love, Splat

Rob Scotton
HarperCollinsPublishers, 2008

From the back of the book, “It’s Valentine’s Day and Splat has a special valentine for a certain someone in his class. Her name is Kitten, and Splat likes her even more than fish sticks and ice cream. But Kitten doesn’t seem to like him at all. And then there’s Splat’s rival, Spike, who also likes Kitten. Will Splat’s heartfelt valentine win Kitten’s paw in the end?”

I love Splat! And not just because he’s a black cat like me! It’s because he get’s in scrapes and worries about stuff and everything always comes out fine. He’s also very funny! This is a perfect book to read to your Valentine and tell him/her just how much you like them!!

Rating 4 out of 5 paws because *SPOILER ALERT* Splat gets the girl!!

Reviewer: simon-locSimon (again!)

Here Comes Santa Cat

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Here Comes Santa Cat

Deborah Underwood
Pictures by Claudia Rueda
Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin, 2014

From the dust jacket, “Ho, ho…who? Cat! Not again. the holidays are around the corner, and Cat knows what he has to do. But being nice…it doesn’t come naturally. Still, Christmas is a time of year for miracles and with a little luck, even Cat may find the holiday spirit—and a festive surprise of his own.”

Cat is one of LoC’s favorite recurring characters. I reviewed “Here Comes Easter Cat” and “Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat” earlier this year (click on the titles for those reviews) and I even have one more, but that one doesn’t come out until next year. Love, love, love “Here Come … Cat” books! His expressions are priceless! In the illustrations below you’ll see what I mean. The book is written to be read aloud – at least that’s the way I read it – I like to read it to my fursiblings so they can laugh, too.

In this book, Cat dresses up as Santa so he can give himself a Christmas gift – he doesn’t quite understand the process of giving just yet. But he learns and gets a very special treat in the end! Maybe this would be a good book for some naughty kittens out there so they can learn to be nice!! No negatives on these pages. Just wonderful, fabulous, laugh-out-loud-funny Cat!!!!

Rating 5 out of 5 paws – and we wouldn’t have it any other way!!!!




2 versions of The Three Little Pigs

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Here are two books telling the same story in two different ways. Both cute but see if you can guess which one was my favorite! (Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see my mom’s version of these silly pigs!)

Huff and Puff

Claudia Rueda

Abrams Appleseed, an imprint for Abrams, 2012

A retelling of the classic story, Three Little Pigs, this time with an interactive twist from the reader.

Main characters –

  • 1st pig, lives in a straw house and likes to cook
  • 2nd pig, lives in a wood log house and also likes cooking
  • 3rd pig, lives in a brick house and is happy
  • Wolf, whom we never really see, because he is the reader

This book is definitely for the very young reader, the drawings are sweet but not complex and the wording is simple and easy to read.  I laughed out loud at the ending because it was a surprise. Since the book was a library book I didn’t huff and puff as the book instructed the reader to do (who knows what little mouths have been on those pages!) but kids will get a kick out of it!

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Rating: 3 paws for a surprise ending and cute pigs

The Three Pigs

David Wiesner

Clarion Books, imprint of Houghton Mifflin Company

A twist on The Three Little Pigs, these pigs escape the wolf in a very unusual way. Along the way, they meet the characters of Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle nursery rhyme and a dragon.

Main characters –

  • Three Pigs, of course, and very clever in their getaway
  • The Wolf, naturally, and befuddled over the disappearing pigs

Secondary characters –

  • The Cat and the Fiddle, curious as cats always are he ends of following the pigs
  • A Great Dragon, whom the pigs help escape from a knight charged with killing him


Mom got this book from the local library and we read it together and laughed out loud it was so funny! She said it reminds her of her favorite authors’ Thursday Next novels (Jasper Fforde). If you have read his work then you might get the hint. I don’t want to tell anything about what happens – it spoils the surprise! But truly, a cute book and one that will easily be read over and over again by the younger set.

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 Rating: 4 paws for imagination and an original take on a very old tale.

feb 26 05abboth reviewed by Simon

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Other books:

Here Comes Santa Cat Here Comes the Easter Cat Is It Big or Is It Little? My Little Polar Bear No 

 David Wiesner, The Three Pigs

Other books:

Mr. WufflesArt & MaxFlotsamTuesdaySector 7June 29, 1999Night of the GargoylesHurricaneThe Loathsome Dragon

I really want to read these books – mainly for the outstanding artwork! I’ll get my mom to get as many from the library as she can and then read / review them all together!

My next review will be of 2 more versions of the The Three Little Pigs!  See you then!

Now, my mom’s version – originally published on her Orangemarmalade blog!

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