Tuesday, August 16, 2016

This Is NOT a Cat! - And I'm Giving One Away!

As those of you know who have been reading grandma's cookie jar for awhile, I am often invited to review new children's books . . . and many times am able to give some away as well! Today I'm very happy to review another new book, which I was invited to review, and announce a giveaway for one copy as well!

If I review a book on grandma's cookie jar, it is because I like the book and believe it is a book children will enjoy - and often learn from as well. While these books are sent to me for free in exchange for my review, if I do not like the book, I do not review it.

But every once in awhile I review a book which totally delights me . . . the book I'm sharing with you today is once such book! This book made me laugh, made my grandsons laugh and is one I'm sure you and your grandchildren will enjoy as well!

This Is NOT a Cat!
Author - David LaRochelle
Illustrator - Mike Wohnoutka
Publisher - Sterling Children's Books
Ages - 3+

Favorite Features -
  • I LOVE the illustrations - colorful and fun, and they have a great deal to do with telling this story!
  • The story only uses five words . . . yes five words! My just-turned-five-year-old grandson is able to "read" it himself!
  • Fun story with a point - gives you something to talk about with your grandchildren . . . telling the truth, being honest, consequences, etc.
Sterling Children's Books says; "Welcome to Sunny Hills Mice School where the first lesson is recognizing DANGER! And this means CAT. So, Miss Mouse shows her students pictures of things which are, and are not, a kitty. But the kids are a bit restless . . . until something enters the classroom and makes them all sCATter. But, is their unwelcome guest really a cat?"

As I said, I LOVE this book! I am impressed, beyond words, at how the author only used five words to tell this story! Yes, just five words!!! (I wish I would have thought of this!) Since there are only five words in the story, it is easy to help young just-starting-to-read children learn to recognize the words and be the one who "reads" the story! My five-year-old grandson was so happy to be able to read the whole book himself!

I also love how the illustrations (which are so colorful and have so much detail) help tell the story - important parts which are very much needed to make the story complete. On top of all this, there is a message to the story and so I love how I can use this book to start conversations - or in our case, continue conversations about being honest, telling the truth and consequences. 

Yes, This Is NOT a Cat! is a book I am able to enthusiastically and whole-heartedly recommend! I'm extremely happy to be able to say, not only did Sterling Children's Books send one copy for me to review, but they are making another available for me to give away on August 30, 2016 (USA and Canada only)! If you live in the USA or Canada, are over the age of 18 and would like to be in the drawing for This Is NOT a Cat!, please comment below to let me know if you have ever had a cat and if so, what you named it. I had cats when I was a child - Snowflake, a fluffy white angora cat, Muffy, a manx cat (no tail), and my children had a black and white cat they named Mr. Pickles.

In addition, you will receive additional entries if you have followed on Google+, Google Friend Connect, followed by liking on facebook with the tab at this link (not just liking the post) and/or have followed grandma's cookie jar by email. For each of these which you have done you will receive one entry. In addition, if you "share" this post, you'll receive an additional entry (please let me know if you share). This will help me be able to draw names from among people who would like to win This Is NOT a Cat! and it gives you several ways to enter the give-away!


  1. I can hardly remember a time I didn't have a cat . My current cat is named Beau. My first was Cinnamon. I follow on Facebook and email.

  2. I always had a cat growing up. My husband is allergic, so I can only love on other's cats now. My first cat was Mittens and my longest cat was Kiki. I had JJ, Tiki, and Gatita in between and during. I follow by FB, Google+, and email. I have also shared this post. Thanks for the give-aways!

  3. David is incredibly talented, and funny, and generous with his support of others. Hope I get to win, but, if not, will make it a point to get it on my own.

  4. Once had a cat named Patches--a beautiful, long-haired calico. And I too LOVE David's books!

  5. Our girls named our cat Tammy on the way home from the rescue center. The amazing thing is that they agreed on a name in less than a minute. Thanks for offering this giveaway. I retweeted about it by way of a Sterling Children's Books tweet and signed up as an email subscriber. Thanks.

  6. Thank you for such a wonderful review of our book, Lynda. I am delighted that your 5-year-old grandson was able to feel that sense of accomplishment in reading the entire book himself!

  7. This is Theresa :) I had a black cat growing up. We just got each of our girls a kitten so we now have Meow Meow, Oscar and Kylo Ren..they are adorable

  8. Never had a cat!
    rufful at gmail dot com

  9. shared on twitter https://twitter.com/lake12/status/770308173181882368

  10. My son had a cat named Barnes! Sweetest cat! This book sounds like one my grands would love.