Published August 8th 2017 by Dial Books
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
Cat is not pleased to be tapped as substitute teacher. Not only is it cutting into his naptime, but a roomful of kittens is a little, well, terrifying. Still, off to school he goes, where, faced with six adorable kittens, he follows the lesson plan—music, building, painting—but in pure, mischievous, unadulterated Cat style. By the end, he and the kittens have formed a rock band, built a fish-spewing fountain, covered the classroom in blue, yellow, and red paint, and Cat has learned a thing or two about inspiring others by being himself. But even more heart-melting is what the kittens have learned from Cat.
In Here Comes Teacher Cat, our favorite feline is BACK. Cat is looking forward to a day of rest, but is asked to suddenly fill in as a substitute teacher at Kitty School the day. Cat begrudgingly takes it on, but soon learns that there’s a certain joy in educating future generations…
There’s always a thoughtful lesson in Underwood’s Cat series, and Here Comes Teacher Cat is no different. Cat goes into the day dreading having to teach a bunch of eager young felines, and actually tries to hide at one point. But as the day progresses, Cat learns there are a number of lessons that can be passed on to the eager young student minds, and Cat too has something to learn from them. It’s a very nice look at mentorship, made all the more delightful by the art.
Highly recommend, full stop.
About the author/illustrator:
Deborah Underwood has worked as a street musician and at an accounting firm but is now a full-time writer who occasionally plays the ukulele. She is the author of several picture books, including New York Times bestseller The Quiet Book, Bad Bye Good Bye, and, of course, Here Comes the Easter Cat and the rest of the Cat books. Deborah lives with her cat, Bella, who inspired Cat’s adventures.
Claudia Rueda is a full time picture book artist, as well as author/illustrator of Huff & Huff, Is It Big or Is It Little, and No. She also illustrated Here Comes the Easter Cat and the rest of the Cat series. Her titles have been published in the US, Spain, and Mexico, and have been translated into French, Danish, Portuguese, Korean, and Chinese. Website: www.claudiarueda.com