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Ready-to-Read Pre-Level 1

Part of Critter-Cam
Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino

About The Book

See the world from a pet kitty’s point of view via the video camera perched on its head in this playful and energetic Pre-Level 1 Ready-to-Read book in the Critter-Cam series!

Jump, Kitty.
Jump. Jump. Jump.
Dunk, Kitty. Dunk.
Dunk. Dunk. Dunk.

A camera on a kitty’s head captures its adventures in a typical day as it jumps, shakes, chases, and naps! Dan Yaccarino’s bright art and Margie Palatini’s simple text create a dynamic world that beginning readers will want to visit over and over again!

About The Author

Photograph © Margie Palatini

Margie Palatini is the author of many celebrated children’s books, including Lousy Rotten Stinkin’ GrapesThe Three Silly Billies, and Earthquack!, all illustrated by Barry Moser, as well as Sweet Tooth and Bedhead, both illustrated by Jack E. Davis. She lives with her family in New Jersey. Visit Margie at

About The Illustrator

Photo (c) Michael Benebib

Dan Yaccarino’s bold, stylized illustrations add wit and energy to the work of distinguished authors like Margaret Wise Brown, Jack Prelutsky, and Kevin Henkes. His work has been recognized with a host of prestigious awards including the Bologna Ragazzi, The New York Times Ten Best Illustrated, ALA Notable, and the Parents’ Choice Award.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight (June 27, 2023)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781665927338
  • Ages: 3 - 5

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Raves and Reviews

"Readers follow Kitty through a day of pouncing, eating, washing, and playing. Kitty has a pet-cam attached to its head, and readers see everything the kitten sees. . . . Short sentences on each page support first reading experiences. Repetition of single words with a clear, bold typeface supports beginning word ­recognition. VERDICT For the ­newest ­readers, a glimpse of the world from a ­kitty’s point of view."

– School Library Journal, June 2023

"A handful of mostly monosyllabic words conveys a cat’s active day. Webcam on its head, the cat gets up to a variety of activities. Each spread switches from the cat’s antics on the verso to what the camera captures on the recto. . . . Yaccarino’s signature stylized illustrations manage the changes of perspective quite deftly. Spotting the gradually diminishing battery images adds more excitement. Effectively combines a novel storytelling strategy and limited vocabulary."

– Kirkus, 5/15/23

Awards and Honors

  • Evanston Public Library's 101 Great Books for Kids List

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