Monday, March 14, 2011

Word of the Week/Love That Kitty!: The Story of a Boy Who Wanted to Be a Cat

It's time for our Word of the Week feature here at LitLad. Here's how it works: Every Sunday the boys and I read a book from which they pick their favorite-sounding unfamiliar word. They each write the word that night and we try to use it in conversation as much as we can throughout the week. According to The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease, "the only words children learn having heard them only once are the words you wish you had never said in front of them."

This week's word is hapless, an adjective that means "luckless, unfortunate."

And we're reading Love That Kitty!, in which a boy pretending to be a cat pounces on "hapless, unsuspecting prey."

Love That Kitty!: The Story of a Boy Who Wanted to Be a Cat
Author/Illustrator: Jeff Jarka
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (September 2010)
Source: Public library

Peter wants to be a cat. He dresses up in a cat suit, he practices his balance so he'll land on his feet, he scratches the furniture, and he even uses a litter box. Peter's parents are not amused, until one day Peter decides he's had enough of being a cat and goes back to being a boy. Unfortunately for Peter's parents, their happiness is short-lived.

Tintin's note: I like the picture of his mom yelling at him when he's climbing the curtain because it's silly.

Johnny Boo's note: I thought that it was adorable. I like when the kitty is standing on the window.

For more about Peter, see Love That Puppy!: The Story of a Boy Who Wanted to Be a Dog, and for more on author Jeff Jarka, go to Love That Site!

Find it: Amazon, IndieBound

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