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Dragon’s Fat Cat

Pilkey, Dav (Author/Illustrator)
Scholastic 2008. 48 pages
First published: 1992
Series: Dragon Tales
ISBN: 9780531070680 (paperback)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

In this fun, beginner chapter book, Dragon rescues a stray cat from the snow and learns through trial and error how to be a responsible pet owner. As in the other books of this series, the hero is a lovable blue dragon with a kind heart and good intentions that sometimes go awry. When the mailmouse, for instance, suggests making a litter box for the cat, Dragon and Cat set out to collect all the bottles and trash on the street they can find. Later, the sales pig at the pet store congratulates Dragon on the original name he came up with for his pet, which echoes Dragon’s own comment in an earlier chapter: “Cat was a very good name for a cat.”

One particularly comical cartoon illustration rendered in watercolour and pencil has Dragon holding up a “roll over” sign in an attempt to train the confused cat. Five bite-sized chapters take readers through Dragon’s earnest efforts to live with his pet, and include verbal and visual puns that work together to create some deadpan humour that will even have adults smiling.

  •  Sequence the story. Does the use of chapters help with sequencing?
  •  What kind of animal makes a good pet? Create a list of animals and use a graphic organizer to explore the advantages and disadvantages of having a particular animal as a pet.
  •  Write an instruction card telling how to take care of a cat (as described in the story) or a different pet.
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    Predict what will happen in the next chapter. Discuss your predictions with a partner.

  •  Retell the story with a partner or a group. Write the events of the story in a timeline.
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    Discuss and compare how Dragon and you care for a cat. Make a T chart with the do’s and don’ts of how to care for a cat or for another animal.

  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Ethics and Religious Culture