By Rob Scotton
HarperCollins Children’s, $16.99, 32 pages
On Sunday morning Splat feels great. He eats his favorite cereal and reads Super Cat comics. When Dad joins him, Splat can’t help but notice his frown. Why is Dad so sad? Splat learns that Dad’s soccer team lost the big game the day before and he is feeling bad. So Splat works with his tiny mouse pal Seymour to find a way to cheer up his father.
Splat the Cat Makes Dad Glad, based on the creation of Rob Scotton, written by Alissa Heyman and illustrated by Robert Eberz, is a wonderful addition to the I Can Read! series for beginning readers. This particular book is a Level 1 and features short sentences that hold the attention span of your eager reader. Kids will be confident when they see familiar vocabulary words, specifically words with the “-ad” sounds (dad, glad, mad, sad, paw pad).
You and your child will have fun reading about Splat and his dad competing in the games at the Cat School Game Day. The illustrations are hilarious and every detail (from the fish patterned carpet to Dad’s egg covered face during the egg toss) is great. Find out what ultimately makes Dad, and Splat, glad.
Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin