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There Are Cats in This Book [Paperback]

Viviane Schwarz
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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2 Nov 2009
When did you last play with cats … inside a book?! The cats in this book want to have fun, and by turning the pages and flipping the flaps you can play their favourite games with them! Tiny, Moonpie and André love wool to tangle with, cardboard boxes to hide in, pillow fights … and fish! But where there are fish, there is also water – lots of it. So who’s going to rescue the cats from the giant floodwave? You are, of course!

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (2 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140632499X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406324990
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Viviane Schwarz is a children's book artist and illustrator.

She is best known for her funny, boldly coloured lift-the-flap books, both of which were shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway medal ("There are Cats in this Book" and "There are NO Cats in this Book").
In 2011 she received a Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award.

She writes most of her own books, but has also illustrated two books written by friend and collaborator Alexis Deacon.

Viviane was born in Germany, studied illustration in Cornwall and has been living and working in London since 2003.

Her books aim to encourage creativity in young readers and usually include interactive and comic elements.
Recent publications include "Welcome to your Awesome Robot", a manual for creating a cardboard robot costume and "The Sleepwalkers", a graphic novel about overcoming nightmares.

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"* "The great thing about this is that it is more than a one-joke story and works on several different levels... It is a very clever book - and enormous fun." The Guardian on The Adventures of a Nose (0744594642)" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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If you’re feeling feline-friendly, this may be just the novelty book for you.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you nice? 14 Dec 2008
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This is a fabulous little book. If you've ever owned a cat, and/or spent time looking at LOLCats, you'll identify with every game the three felines in the book invite you into. Lots of flaps to lift and opportunities to interact with the story. It's not a pop-up book as such, but uses a bit of paper engineering to make it just a little out of the ordinary. It should be robust enough for careful little hands. Bright colours and not too many words make it fun for littler ones. Though I'll be reading it to my baby, it probably is better for toddlers - the language is all about the action - ie no rhymes, but I think the surprise element of the flaps will probably entertain very small children.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different but vertainly not disappointing 16 Feb 2009
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I totally disagree with the lowest review. I've just purchased this book on the recommendation of The Times and my two children love it. My 11 month old is just starting to have a night time read and it's her favourite. There are many flaps to open and pull out- a ball of wool, boxes to open, cats to meet- she is entertained and enjoys the bold colours of the pictures. The point of the book is that there isn't a strong narrative and children are instructed to turn pages and say good night to the cats, so this is an interesting change to most books for young children. I mostly make up an alternative story alongside the text.
My two year old, who is read her story by her dad at the same time, often demands to read this book after her sister has finished.
Overall, this is colourful, engaging and is on a subject that all toddlers love- cats!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 21 Dec 2008
Just amazing. Its a proper interactive journey. A very playful book that had me in stiches. My four year old daughter also enjoyed it. Well worth stepping of the beaten track for and I'm not even much of a fan of real cats.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lolcats 18 Mar 2009
By Sarah B
This book is brilliant! We recently borrowed it from the library and our (almost) 4 year old and I enjoy it so much I'm going to buy it. She loves books, but this one might also be great for introducing to children who haven't shown much interest in them. Its fun, irreverent and a bit different, and it challenges your perceptions of what a book is for and how to use it. To get the best out of it you'll need to read it with lots of expression and maybe some funny cat voices! The cleverest thing about it is the way it invites the child into the cat's play ("we knew you were nice!") It's just lovely!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for sharing 1 Jan 2010
I work in a public library, and have used this book many times for story sessions with great success. Children from 3-8 enjoy taking part in turning the page to help the cats through their day.

The illustrations may seem dull at first, but the children soon become engaged with the cats and fully involved with the book. Somewhere on the internet there is a knitting pattern for Andre, Moonpie and Tiny finger puppets.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 21 Mar 2009
This isn't your usual story book. It really invites the children to interact and take control. I agree that it isn't narrative heavy, but it has both of my children (4 year old boy and 17 month old girl) in absolute stiches when read with voices and noise effects. Encouraging a general love of reading and books is just as important as learning the actual literary skills themselves - and with this in mind, I would wholeheartedly recommend this book. Very creative and fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could you turn a whole page? 11 Feb 2010
This book is brilliant! I saw it in the library and on reading it to my then three month old baby fell in love with it and ordered it straight away. Three months on and both myself and my husband can recite every word in our sleep! This is because our 6 month old son LOVES this book so much we read it to him several times each day (often straight away after we have read it once!) It is cheeky, interactive and fun. He's attracted to the bright colours, and he especially loves the pages that he can grab (ie the wool, the pillow) We're a family of cat lovers and we have two cats, but I suspect he loves this book more than our real cats. And I think it's a great concept for a book as it encourages the very young to turn pages to see what is on the next page. I would say you won't be disappointed with this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There are cats in this book 2 April 2009
Very "hands on" for babies, lots of participation and bright coloured illustrations. My eight month old son loves it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't know what the fuss is all about
First of all, the illustrations aren't baby friendly. I'm pretty sure my 1 year old doesn't know they're cats. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky brings a smile to your face
Great book. My four year old loved it. Good gift for those kids you think already own all the usual suspect books.
Published 5 months ago by R. Fairley
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you nice?
This is a great book which my son has loved for the last couple of years. Pillow fights, and "floodwaves" all very amusing, and he always likes to give the cats a good night kiss.
Published 7 months ago by Peter Thornton
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
This is a fabulous book - my grandson is now three and a half but this book has stayed the favourite for a couple of years. Read more
Published 10 months ago by pause
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute gimmick
Lovely interactive book. My 1yr old loved it and still does at 2 1/2. She happily follows the directions and interacts with the cats as if they are real!
Published 16 months ago by Viki Stafford
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
My one year old loved this book, he is 14 months now and this book has been a favourite for a while.
Published 17 months ago by RobJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read (my 18 month old daughter says!)
A Very good book and a pleasant read to share with my daughter. She has a good collection of books and picks out her favourites - and this is certainly one of them:... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Blue Forever
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and quirky
One of our 2.5 year old's firm favourites. The book encourages interaction and really draws the reader in. He still loves to blow on the cats to dry their fur!
Published on 25 May 2012 by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars I like cats.
I'm an 18 year old sixth-form student, shortly going on to uni, and I absolutely adore this book. Enough said.
Published on 28 Feb 2012 by beccad
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-read many many times
My children 3 and 18 months had this book from the library and loved it. Eventually after renewing several times I snuck it back... Read more
Published on 25 Oct 2011 by Elohim
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