Item description for Splat! The Tale of a Colorful Cat This One 'n That One by Geoffrey Planer Jane Seymour...
Everyone in the house has gone out except Big Jim who is left in charge of his twin kittens - This One and That One. It's a bit early in the morning for Jim to function properly and he just can't organize activities for the kids. Eventually he lets the kittens do some painting - it seems like a good idea. He suggests that they paint him; but he makes the mistake of falling asleep in the chair. When Mom and the gang come home they find that This One and That One have done just what Dad suggested!
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 7.16" Height: 0.36" Weight: 0.63 lbs.
Release Date Oct 29, 2003
Publisher G. P. Putnam and Sons
ISBN 1932431071 ISBN13 9781932431070
Reviews - What do customers think about Splat! The Tale of a Colorful Cat This One 'n That One?
DAD STAYS HOME WITH THE TWINS! May 9, 2005
Actress Jane Seymour and her husband, Actor James Keach, are among the latest celebrities to jump on the children's book bandwagon and are doing so very successfully. They've created a wonderful series of books in which their family of cats stand-in for their own family, allowing them to share their own experiences as parents and at the same time delighting children with the tales of their twin kittens, "This One and That One."
In "Splat" Dad AKA Big Jim Cat is home with the twins on a Sunday morning. He gets them dressed and fed but now comes the true test...keeping the two kittens entertained. Finally they decide that they will do some painting but cannot figure out what to paint. Dad finally suggests "paint me" and thus takes a nap in his chair, leaving the kids to come up with a masterpirce. Little did he know that when he suggested "paint me", the kids took it literally. Lady Jane cat comes home to find dad still asleep but now with a red face, blue nose, white paws, and brown stripes on his belly.
Well I'd say "Splat" surely addresses the scene all parents have experienced at some point when kids are left unsupervised with paint, or markers, or crayons. How many of us haven't been shocked to find our walls or bathtubs with brand new artwork that wasn't there a few minutes ago. That's the charm of these books by Jane Seymor and James Keach. They take these real-life situations and make them delightfully amusing. Enjoyable!
Funny,cute, and entertaining Sep 1, 2002
I thought this book was so funny, so did my four year old. It shows how literal children really are. It is such a cute little story about dads and their children. It is a tale of "Cute, but, Clueless." You know how Dads are....they try hard and mean well...but sometimes just don't get it.
My husband thought it was hilarious. I have her other book, and it is cute too.
I read a prior review on here that gave it a poor rating because it lacked a plot and substance...All I have to say to that is... this is a young childrens book! Give me a break. Let them laugh and enjoy.
They'll have the rest of their life to learn Shakespeare ,Dickens, etc.
This book stinks Oct 18, 2001
This book is terrible. Does Rosemary Wells demand to star on "Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman?" No. However, Jane Seymour decides she can write a children's book. The characters are completely thin, there's really no plot, and the entire book rests on one concept. It's tremendously boring, and not very well-written. Basically, it's a vanity project for someone famous, and a total waste of money.
This was a very entertaining book. May 6, 1999
The title Splat! The Tale of a Colorful Cat will grab anyone's attention. The story's plot and colorful pictures will keep it from beginning to end. The story starts out describing how the father cat is going to spend the day alone taking care of his twin kittens. In the rest of the story, the authors describe the struggles that the father goes through during the day. Some examples: the father cat couldn't get the kittens dressed, made a mess out of the kitchen, and ended up getting covered in paint by the kittens. This book shows kids between 4 and 8 believe that what moms and dads say is always true. Kids also take what parents or adults say literally. Authors Jane Seymour and James Keach show how kids take what parents say literally toward the end of the book, when the father cat tells This One and That One (the twin kittens) to paint him, but not to get any paint on themselves or the floor. The two kittens literally end up painting their dad from head to toe with bright colorful paints. Throughout the whole book, the authors refer to the two kittens with the names This One and That One instead of real names. Seymour came up with the idea of calling the twin kittens This One and That One when she was pregnant with her twins. Seymour and her husband referred to their twins as This One and That One before they were born. This grabs your attention while reading the book, not only because it is odd, but also because This One and That One are in bold print and stand out in the text throughout the whole book. The font isn't the only thing that grabs your attention. The illustrator, Geoffrey Planer, does a great job with using bright and bold colors, which is a great way to keep the attention of children between the ages of 4-8 while they read the story. There are also a lot of pictures on each page that help the reader to better visualize what the story is trying to get across. Overall, the illustrator does a terrific job of keeping a child interested in what might be in the next picture. This story is one that children will love. The story's plot and colorful pictures will keep their interest from beginning to end. Kids will want to hear it over and over again just to get a chance to take a look at the colorful pictures throughout the book. -Lindy Davison
An adorable story about two cats, who misunderstand things! Dec 28, 1998
Jane Seymour and James Keach have put their wonderful minds together and created a wonderful story for the people who are young at heart. I'm 14 and love this book! The illustrations are great, beautifully matched with the words! Anyone young at heart, this is for you.