Nat the Cat Takes a Nap (Ready to Read: Pre-Level One)

by Jarrett Lerner (Author) Jarrett Lerner (Illustrator)

From Jarrett Lerner, the powerhouse creator behind the EngiNerds, Geeger the Robot, and Hunger Heroes series, comes a hilarious new Pre-Level 1 Ready-to-Read series about a grumpy cat and a long-suffering narrator! Nat the Cat is taking a nap. Or he would be...if only the narrator would stop interrupting his sleep! This witty story, where Nat's words keep getting turned upside down and inside out, is sure to make readers laugh out loud.
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Kirkus Reviews

Don’t sleep on this laugh-out-loud title for the newest readers.

School Library Journal

K-Gr 2--Nat the Cat is taking a nap--until he is interrupted by the narrator. Now, Nat is trying to take a nap, but his best efforts are fruitless when the narrator keeps waking him up. The narrator introduces Nat's brother, Pat the Rat, whom Nat insists is not really his brother. Nat's frustration with the narrator and Pat boil over until he exclaims, "I just want to take a nap! Please, just let me take a nap!" Upon hearing this, Pat decides that a nap is a great idea, and both Nat and Pat end the book snoozing. This is a simple, engaging book that will delight emerging readers. Cartoon-style illustrations will grab readers' attention (and make for excellent directed drawings). Plain white backgrounds will help keep kids focused on building their reading skills and understanding the story. Young readers will also laugh at Nat's arguments with the narrator and pick up on the contrast between Nat's emotions in the illustrations and his insistence that he is not mad. Repetitive text, short sentences, and sight words will help ensure that readers build confidence as they move through the story. VERDICT A solid addition to any early reader collection that will surely help young readers grow.--Kristin Brynsvold

Copyright 2023 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

"Repetitive text, short sentences, and sight words will help ensure that readers build confidence as they move through the story.

VERDICT A solid addition to any early reader collection that will surely help young readers grow."—School Library Journal "1/27/2023"
Jarrett Lerner
Jarrett Lerner is the award-winning creator of more than a dozen books for kids, including the EngiNerds series of middle grade novels, the Geeger the Robot series of early chapter books, the Hunger Heroes series of graphic chapter books, two activity books, the illustrated novel in verse A Work in Progress, and the Nat the Cat series of early readers. You can find him online at JarrettLerner.com and on X (previously known as Twitter) and Instagram at @Jarrett_Lerner. He lives with his wife and daughters in Massachusetts.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781665918916
Lexile Measure
210
Guided Reading Level
C
Publisher
Simon Spotlight
Publication date
January 17, 2023
Series
Ready to Read: Pre-Level One
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002050 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Cats
JUV043000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Beginner
Library of Congress categories
Fiction
Cats
Picture books
Naps (Sleep)
Readers (Publications)
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