Oi Cat! by Kes Gray
What a cheeky book this is.
We borrowed this book recently from our local library and it was a huge hit with my daughter (and with me). It has probably been the first children’s book that I’ve had a “laugh-out-loud” moment. This book had my daughter playing rhyming games for days after we first read it.
I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the other two books in the series Oi Frog! and Oi Dog!
“According to Frog cats sit on gnats, dogs sit on logs, armadillos sit on pillows and chicks sit on bricks! But Cat doesn’t like sitting on gnats. They keep biting his bottom. Will Frog help? Can Dog help? What else could Cat possibly sit on?”
Due to some of the references in the book and the more complex language, I would recommend this book for a preschool age group.
What I love about this book
What I love most about this book is the nuances to the characters, making the story a little more interesting. The cat is a bit crabby and sarcastic; the frog is a bit righteous as the self-ordained authority; and the dog obliging to follow the frog’s rules.
Although the story itself does not rhyme, the “rules” set out by the frog are rhyming. The book, therefore, has a strong rhyming focus. It is a great tool for teaching preschoolers about rhyming and expanding their vocabulary.
The best moment in this book comes at the end where dog tries to be as helpful as possible to help the cat find something else to sit on than biting gnats, but ends up getting himself in some trouble – he really should have put his foot in his mouth before giving suggestions!
The illustrations are humorous and a bit silly – exactly compatible with the story line.
Storytime Tips and Activities
- Play rhyme with your kids and get them to think of other rhyming words. Ie, what else could each of the animals sit on?
- Extend the rhyme play after the story to everyday life – what else could sit on something else that rhymes?
- Take time to stop on some of the obscure words to make sure your child understands them (eg armadillo, alpaca, pheasant, cog, clog etc).
- Have a good laugh at the silliness of it all.