#756 – Scaredy Cat by Charles Reasoner

scaredy cat
Scaredy Cat

Series: Charles Reasoner Halloween Books
Written by Charles Reasoner
Picture Window Books   8/01/2015
12 pages    6″ X 6″    Age 0—2


As you prowl beneath
The moon’s spooky glow?

“Don’t let Halloween Kitty spook you! A black cat is anything but bad luck in this rhyming die-cut book by Charles Reasoner.” [back cover/publisher]

Scaredy Cat is a cute board book in the shape of a cat. The pages are sturdy, glossy, and easy to wipe away globs of jelly. Scaredy Cat has bright yellow eyes as big as the moon. It is Halloween night and Scaredy Cat is on the prowl. A tiny mouse follows the cat and when Scaredy Cat looks behind him, the mouse bears a huge smile. Across the Halloween night, Scaredy Cat runs until he makes it home and snuggles in his bed . . . with the mouse.

The text has a singsong quality and it repeats the same first line.

“Black cat, scaredy cat,”

“Black cat, scaredy cat,”

This first line repetition will have kids quickly reading along. The illustrations are wonderful. Scaredy Cat always looks just a tad spooked, but always cute and cuddly. A smiling mouse sees the cat and follows, narrating along the way. Are the two friends or is the mouse simply curious as to where the cat is going? That will be up to the kids to decide.

When the night gets it darkest and scariest, (I love) the mouse uses its tail to carry a lantern. And of course, the most adorable spread is the last one, where the two friends—old or new—are safely snuggled together in bed, just as little ones will be if read Scaredy Cat at bedtime. You do not need to like cats to enjoy Scaredy Cat. Cute is cute, even when it meows.

SCAREDY CAT. Text and illustrations copyright © 2015 by Charles Reasoner. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Picture Window Books, North Mankato, MN.

Purchase Scaredy Cat at AmazonBook DepositoryIndieBound BooksPicture Window Books.

Learn more about Scaredy Cat HERE.

Check out author/illustrator, Charles Reasoner’s book list: Charles Reasoner
(If you know Mr. Reasoner’s website url please let me know.)
Find more books at the Picture Window Books website:  http://www.capstonepub.com/
.            . Picture Window Books is an imprint of Capstone.

Charles Reasoner (6″ X 6″) Halloween Series 

Little Monster

Little Monster

Owl's Halloween

Owl’s Halloween

Pumpkin Shapes

Pumpkin Shapes




Magic Broom (10″ x  10″ Halloween Series)  [reviewed here]
Let It Snow (Christmas Series)  [reviewed here]

Copyright © 2015 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews. All Rights Reserved

Full Disclosure: Scaredy Cat by Charles Reasoner, and received from Picture Window Books (an imprint of Capstone), is in exchange NOT for a positive review, but for an HONEST review. The opinions expressed are my own and no one else’s. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



13 thoughts on “#756 – Scaredy Cat by Charles Reasoner

  1. Cat books are so fun! We are reading Inspector Dewey by Kristen Heimerl. He’s such a clever cat, and he really brings what cats are to life! It’s our fav read right now at bed time!! Halloween is a great time for books like Scaredy Cat, I am out to get it tomorrow!!


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