Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Jacqueline Resnick
Illustrator: Robert Eberz
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Seymour misses his brother Brice, so Brice is coming for a visit! Splat the Cat tells his mom that there will be twice the mice. Splat’s mother warns him to be extra nice because not all mice think cats are nice. Seymour and Splat work super hard to prepare for Brice’s visit. Splat makes a statue out of ice for Brice, but the ice sculpture starts to melt after they fall asleep. Splat wakes up and runs to greet Brice, but he slips on the ice. He is sad that the ice sculpture is so melted and small, but Brice loves it because it’s “mice size” now! All is well in the end.
Splat the Cat: Twice the Mice is an I Can Read! book, meaning it’s perfect for eager new readers. The rhyming words help younger children, who may have a small vocabulary, grasp the new words. This book focuses on the word chunk, “-ice”, as in nice, mice, and advice. Both parents and children will enjoy the illustrations in this book. Robert Eberz makes Splat the Cat come to life through his facial expressions and clothes. The sentences are short and the illustrations directly support the text, helping new readers be successful!