Poopsie Gets Lost

by Hannah E Harrison (Author) Hannah E Harrison (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

A fluffy, nap-loving cat goes on the (fur-raising!) outing of a lifetime in this funny and gorgeously illustrated adventure about finding your inner tough kitty.

Poopsie the cat spends her days licking her paws and rubbing her ears and looking fluffy, until the pushy narrator of this story pressures her to do something a little less boring. Adventure is waiting, after all! So off Poopsie goes, out the cat door, across the lawn, and . . . through a gate covered in Danger signs. Soon Poopsie is lost in a jungle full of menace, from a vine that's actually a snake to a crew of tigers to a river full of crocodiles! All the while the narrator keeps pushing her to keep going. Will fluffy little Poopsie make it out of the jungle in one piece?

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Kirkus Reviews

Harrison's latest tale is laugh-out-loud funny and has an adorable protagonist. The watercolor on vellum illustrations, a mix of spot and full-bleed art, are vividly imagined. Poopsie isn't a talking cat, but her facial expressions speak volumes . . . Feline fun with a touch of clever metafiction.


Lush illustrations make the most of the inherently funny contrast of a princesslike cat in an untamed jungle. While the narrator is a touch mean-spirited to keep directing Poopsie into danger, it is funny to see her dodge various obstacles and, after an incident with a waterfall, turn the tables by taking control of her story. A Loony Tunes-esque romp.

School Library Journal

Starred Review

PreS-Gr 3--Poopsie is an extremely pampered house cat. Unfortunately, the narrator finds that her behavior makes for a rather boring story and convinces her to go out the cat-flap and into the unknown. Poopsie must then gather her courage and survive the narrator's dangerous suggestions, which include multiple tigers and truly horrible obstacles. In her latest book, Harrison has created a wonderfully engaging tale using extremely simple vocabulary that even the littlest of learners should know, interactive and deadly questions clearly shown against the page, and inventive illustrations that add context and humor. While the text itself makes a comedic story, the pictures really do sell the narrator's interactions with Poopsie and add an extra element of comedy, setting up the surprise--the narrator/reader is the one egging Poopsie on--and providing clues for learners about what might happen next. VERDICT Disarming comedy from start to finish, this suspenseful tale will have children screaming at Poopsie to ignore anyone reading this aloud. Sublime.--Margaret Kennelly

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Hannah E Harrison
Hannah Harrison is an award-winning illustrator of Extraordinary Jane and Bear Is Awake! She lives with her family in Oklahoma.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Dial Books
Publication date
June 20, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002050 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Cats
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
Library of Congress categories

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