Fat Cat: A Danish Folktale Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-12-06 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 8 user ratings

" retelling of a Danish folktale; repetitive phrases and sound noises make this a fun read-aloud; large, colorful illustrationsthemes: cats, gluttony, mice " said.

" I really like it, but the kids in storytime did not seem to like it very much. Oh well - maybe I'll try again with an older audience one of these days. " said.

" Great illustrations, as is usual from Paschkis, but the telling of the tale did not seem to flow or make enough sense. " said.

" We love this book because it is relatively short, it has a great rhythm for read alouds, it's hilarious and it reminds us of our fat cat. " said.

" Just like The Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly, I found this a bit disturbing. Cats eating soldiers and elephants just not my cup of tea to begin with, but the cat getting a hole cut in its belly to let everyone out, unrealistic and icky. This was read at story time as part of letter C day. It made more since once I learned it was a folk tale, but still, I wouldn't pick it up again. " said.

" Gobble, Gobble, Slip, Slop: A Tale of a Very Greedy Cat is another version of this story that I like slightly better, but in a pinch this one would do. This is one of those intriguing folktales that seem to almost identical versions from many different parts of the world; this one happens to be Danish. " said.

"Summary (CIP): A greddy cat grows enormous as he eats everything in sight, including his friends and neighbors who call him fat.

Review: Lovely illustrations by a local artist add to this Danish folk tale. A fun read aloud, with lots of repetition, fun slurping sounds, and moral to boot.

Booklist agrees with me (or do I agree with them?),"The large, funny illustrations will carry well for a bigger crowd and, combined with refrain that invites chanting along, make this a surefire hit for reading aloud." Positive SLJ review.
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"Personal Thoughts:

This Danish folktale was quite a tale. Full of humor and beautiful illustrations, this picture book is sure to enhance a child's imagination. The tale begins with a mouse and cat living together. The cat is greedy and goes throughout the story chanting a little rhyme that is sure to be remembered. The cat learns his lesson and has a change of heart with help from his mouse friend. This tale reminded me of "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly."

Classroom use: (Grades 2-3)

-folk literature unit
-reinforcing manners (sharing, politeness, etc.)
-intro to creative storytelling and illustrations
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