Scaredy Cats (Hardcover)

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Scaredy Cats (Hardcover)


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"What’s in the box?! Parents, have no fear: this is not a retelling of Se7en. Though the stakes are not as high, the possibilities plague a group of three curious cats. What if there’s cake? What if there’s cake AND a cat-eating crocodile? The increasing absurdity is directly proportional to the amount of giggles you’ll share with your little one(s). The contrast between the realistic rendering of the cats with the sketch-like world of their imagination is a genius move (among many) on Jeff Mack’s part."--Reviewed by Cristina

When an adorable kitten receives a mysterious beribboned package, he’s pretty sure it’s a cake. But his two nervous friends have other ideas in this hilarious guessing game.

“Hey, bud. What’s in the box?”
“I don’t know. I think it’s a cake.”
“But what if it’s not a cake?”

Three kittens, faced with a pink polka dotted present have different ideas of what might be in it. One’s pretty sure it’s a cake, but his two skittish friends aren’t so certain. What if it’s a big hungry crocodile waiting to eat them up? Or a cakeand a crocodile? Or a cake, a crocodile, a tiger AND a great white shark? The stakes get higher as the laughs get louderin this hilarious read aloud with raucous illustrations by popular author artist Jeff Mack.
Jeff Mack is the creator of more than forty picture books, chapter books, and early readers, including Hush Little Polar Bear, Duck in the Fridge, and Just a Story. He has also illustrated award-winning books such as Eve Bunting’s Hurry! Hurry! and James Howe’s Bunnicula and Friends. Originally from Syracuse, NY, he started writing and illustrating his own comic books in the second grade, and he's been doing it ever since. He lives in Western Massachusetts; visit him at
Product Details ISBN: 9780823452071
ISBN-10: 0823452077
Publisher: Neal Porter Books
Publication Date: October 10th, 2023
Pages: 32
Language: English
"It delivers an entire screwball comedy in very few pages and will inspire some very interesting post-story discussions."—School Library Journal

"Cute kitties and silly, imaginative fun make for a tale that’s perfect for preschoolers."—Kirkus Reviews