Reading/Interest Level: Preschool
Author: Rob Scotton
Splat is thrilled to be able to go to the zoo with his class on a field trip to see the penguins. He thinks penguins are some of the best animals, and can’t wait to see them himself. Seymour can’t come because mice scare the elephants, but Seymour does his best to get to the zoo himself anyway when Splat leaves him to go to school. Finally, after waiting for a long time and having to go see lots of other animals first, Splat is on his way to see the penguins when Seymour crashes out of the air on a paper airplane, scares the elephant, and the elephant breaks the pool where the penguins live. Splat is disappointed, but Seymour won’t let Splat go home without giving him the opportunity to see his favorite animal. It’s Penguin Day for Splat after all!
Splat and the Cool School Trip follows the same pattern as the other Splat the Cat books, setting up Splat for something exciting, something disappointing happens, and then somehow getting what he wanted in a different way. Parents and teachers can talk about how sometimes things we want come in different ways than we might think, but sometimes, unlike Splat, things might not work out after all. Young children will also have the opportunity to identify some animals while reading this book, and older readers can spot the cause and effect things that will lead to later events in the book. Splat the Cat fans will continue to enjoy his mishaps and adventures in this fun field trip book.