Cat Dog

by Mem Fox (Author) Mark Teague (Illustrator)

Cat Dog
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Join an unlikely trio for some irresistibly funny antics in this read-aloud gem from bestselling author Mem Fox and bestselling and award-winning illustrator Mark Teague.

Once there was a huge, scary dog. Right? Wrong! But there was a cat. In this zippy, call-and-response-style adventure, a cat and dog are astonished to find a mouse in their house!

The three circle each other while the story sometimes correctly describes their antics--and sometimes doesn't. Young readers will love participating by pointing out which parts are right and wrong.

Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

A game of cat, dog, and mouse proves itself a meta tale in the works in this wry and original picture book. "So there was a scary dog, right?" begins Fox (Early One Morning); the text appears on the recto as an orange tabby peers over a sofa, where a beefy white dog sits snarling in a studded collar. A page turn later, a more decisive voice emerges on the verso--"No!"--resulting in a change of direction: now, a gentler, surprised-looking hound benignly eyes its back foot. As the animals engage in a classic pet-versus-mouse encounter, an assurance-seeking storytelling phrase on one page ("And the dog leapt off the couch, right?") is followed by an affirming or refuting rejoinder on the next ("No!")--and an attendant visual turnabout (the hound leaping is now shown snoozing on its back). Teague (Felipe and Claudette) contributes substantial, painterly acrylics that vary acrobatically from scene to scene until the two voices take a collaborative turn. With variations that unfurl in the style of David Ives's Sure Thing, it's a giddy, cleverly imagined rhetorical dance that promises to leave audiences' heads spinning. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)

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Mem Fox
Mem Fox is an educator and international literacy expert, and her many acclaimed picture books for young children include Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug!; Hello Baby!; Baby Bedtime; I'm an Immigrant Too; the bestselling modern classics Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes and Time for Bed; and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia. Visit her at

Patricia Mullins is an award-winning children's book illustrator. She visited a local farm near Melbourne to take photographs and make sketches of the animals in this Hattie and the Fox. Patricia resides in Australia. Visit her at

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
September 20, 2021

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