Mister Kitty Is Lost!

by Greg Pizzoli (Author)

Mister Kitty Is Lost!
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

A fun and interactive preschool adventure (with cutout surprises on almost every page!) that explores counting and colors, from the award-winning creator of The Watermelon Seed and Good Night Owl.

Mister Kitty is missing somewhere inside this book! Will you help us find him? Join the hunt for five yellow spots, four orange paws, three purple bells, and more, exploring numbers and colors along the way in an interactive countdown. Cutouts interacting with Greg Pizzoli's vivid artwork reveal a surprise after each page turn, all leading up to the BIGGEST twist of all at the end!

Don't miss these board books by Greg Pizzoli:

The Watermelon Seed

Good Night Owl

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Kirkus Reviews

Simple and delightful. A preschool crowd pleaser. 

Publishers Weekly

The eponymous feline is "hiding somewhere in this book," relays a frantic child, portrayed with light skin and brown pigtails. "Will you turn the pages and help me look?" In dimensional construction paper cutouts decorated with marker and pen, the child enumerates a set of the missing cat's characteristics on each verso page ("Mister Kitty has 5 yellow spots") and holds up the appropriate number of fingers. The recto shows those colors within die-cut shapes ("Do you see five yellow spots?") as the child's trusty black and white dog barks out the number. But much to the consternation of the seeking duo, a page turn reveals a species that's very different from Mister Kitty--in the case of the spots, it's five slithery yellow snakes. The countdown and startling reveals continue until the child reaches "one pink nose," at which point Pizzoli (the Jack books) has one more trick up his sleeve: the nose does indeed belong to the beloved Mister Kitty, who turns out to take a slightly different form than readers may have expected. The blend of gentle meta humor and interactivity has "preschooler" written all over it. Ages up to 3. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Jan.)

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Review quotes

Praise for The Watermelon Seed:
A Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner

* "[A]n expert debut." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "Children will love this hilarious book. The story has broad appeal, making it a great first purchase." —School Library Journal, starred review

"A juicy premise...Pizzoli legitimizes childish anxieties but also slyly exaggerates each worry to highlight the humor." —The New York Times

Praise for Good Night Owl:
A Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Honor

"Entertaining bedtime drama that works equally well for new readers and for sharing aloud." —Horn Book

"A funny tale about stress and an ever-upping ante, with a comforting end." —Kirkus Reviews
Greg Pizzoli
Greg Pizzoli is the creator of the Baloney & Friends series as well as a three-time Theodor Seuss Geisel Award recipient for The Watermelon Seed(Medal winner), The Book Hog (Honor book), and Good Night Owl (Honor book). He is also the author-illustrator of This Story Is for You, The 12 Days of Christmas, Templeton Gets His Wish, and Number One Sam. His nonfiction for children includes the New York Times Best Illustrated Book The Impossible True Story of Tricky Vic: The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower, and he has also illustrated picture books written by authors such as Mac Barnett, Kelly DiPucchio, Jennifer Adams, and Margaret Wise Brown. He lives in Philadelphia.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date
January 20, 2023
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002050 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Cats
JUV009030 - Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Counting & Numbers
JUV020000 - Juvenile Fiction | Interactive Adventures
Library of Congress categories
Lost and found possessions
Picture books

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