Perfect Picture Book Friday! Cat Says Meow: And Other Animalopoeia by Michael Arndt

18 Apr

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I love onomatopoeia!
catsaysCat Says Meow: And Other Animalopoeia
by Michael Arndt

36 pages – ages 3+
Published by Chronicle Books on March 4, 2014

Theme/Topic- Onomatopoeia

Genre- Nonfiction

Opening and Synopsis- 

Opening: First page (used with permission from Chronicle Books)

Cat Says Meow_Int_WoofPublisher’s description “Dog says woof . . . pig says oink . . . cow says moo. Animals and the sounds they make are paired up in playfully compelling ways in this eye-catching illustrated gift book featuring bold colors and an engaging use of onomatopoeia. Kids and parents will delight in discovering the ways in which the letters that spell out each animal’s sound are key elements of that animal’s illustration. With so much to see and to sound out, kids will relish this unique visual and educational experience, brimming with color and letters.”


Why I liked this book- I love onomatopoeia and aninalopoeia! This is an awesome book. The whole book is well done. I think it is great for kids learning to read and learning animal sounds. I think that the pictures are extremely unusual and eye-pleasing. I really like how the book is organized, and that the pictures have different fonts for different purposes. It is totally cool. I think that kids and parents will love this book.

Activities and Resources-

I found some great onomatopoeia worksheets for teachers and parents to use HERE and HERE.

Check out this Onomatopoeia video!


To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

27 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday! Cat Says Meow: And Other Animalopoeia by Michael Arndt”

  1. Patricia Tilton April 18, 2014 at 8:30 am #

    Very clever book for young children. And a great way for them to sound out words like wolf. First time I’ve seen illustrations like that! Cute video.


  2. Kirsten W. Larson April 18, 2014 at 9:30 am #

    Concept books always amaze me. Have you seen ALPHABEASTIES?


  3. Wendy April 18, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    Clever illustrations to make everything old new again! Thanks for sharing, Erik.


  4. Joanne Roberts April 18, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    LOL what a clever pick. I will have to get my hand son this original book. Chronicle does produce the most amazing fare. Thanks, Erik.


  5. readingwithrhythm April 18, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    Oh! This looks like a GREAT book! Woofing and meowing – kids will love it! AaaRrroooooo!


  6. Joanna April 18, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    Definitely cool even for the very young, this one, Erik!


  7. LovableLobo April 18, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    I just love the word “onomatopoeia”! Animalopoeia? Wow! The book reminds me of the book based from the video/song “What Does the Fox Say?”. Great review, SuperKid!


  8. Genevieve Petrillo April 18, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    Sweet! You chose the perfect page to feature, E. With that title, I was a little nervous about what I’d see. But yay – dog!

    Love and licks,


  9. Penny Parker Klostermann April 18, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

    This book is unbelievably clever! I love it! My library has it so I put it on hold and can’t wait to read the whole thing!


  10. stanleyandkatrina April 18, 2014 at 8:53 pm #

    How wonderful! Thanks for sharing.


  11. Michelle Isenhoff April 18, 2014 at 11:07 pm #

    Ha! Love the word play in the title.


  12. writersideup April 19, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

    Oh, how CLEVERLY done! I LOVE stuff like this 🙂 Thanks, Erik!


  13. Myra GB June 9, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    And I love onomatopeia too! See, that is why we are kindreds.



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