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Cats fill./ Cats spill./ Cats flow downhill.// Cats tip./ Cats drip./ Cats grip, snip, rip.// Cats are a liquid/ Except when they’re not. Celebrate cats in all their flowing, furry glory! This charming picture book examines the unusual physical properties of felines. Inspired by an Ig Nobel Prize–winning investigation of how cats behave like liquids, it introduces some of Cats fill./ Cats spill./ Cats flow downhill.// Cats tip./ Cats drip./ Cats grip, snip, rip.// Cats are a liquid/ Except when they’re not. Celebrate cats in all their flowing, furry glory! This charming picture book examines the unusual physical properties of felines. Inspired by an Ig Nobel Prize–winning investigation of how cats behave like liquids, it introduces some of the physical properties of liquids—they adapt to fit a container, they flow like fluids—and is just pure fun. Like its inspiration, it makes you laugh, then think. Back matter includes a brief introduction to the different physical states: solid, liquid, gas.


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Cats fill./ Cats spill./ Cats flow downhill.// Cats tip./ Cats drip./ Cats grip, snip, rip.// Cats are a liquid/ Except when they’re not. Celebrate cats in all their flowing, furry glory! This charming picture book examines the unusual physical properties of felines. Inspired by an Ig Nobel Prize–winning investigation of how cats behave like liquids, it introduces some of Cats fill./ Cats spill./ Cats flow downhill.// Cats tip./ Cats drip./ Cats grip, snip, rip.// Cats are a liquid/ Except when they’re not. Celebrate cats in all their flowing, furry glory! This charming picture book examines the unusual physical properties of felines. Inspired by an Ig Nobel Prize–winning investigation of how cats behave like liquids, it introduces some of the physical properties of liquids—they adapt to fit a container, they flow like fluids—and is just pure fun. Like its inspiration, it makes you laugh, then think. Back matter includes a brief introduction to the different physical states: solid, liquid, gas.

30 review for Cats Are a Liquid

  1. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    The simple text of this amusing new picture-book from author Rebecca Donnelly and illustrator Misa Saburi describes all the ways and circumstances in which our feline friends are liquids - the way they drape themselves, or laze about in relaxed puddles - while the artwork shows them cavorting in various ways. Of course, cats are a liquid, except when they aren't (such as when one is attempting to give them a bath), something also depicted in text and artwork... Any reader who has ever seen a cat The simple text of this amusing new picture-book from author Rebecca Donnelly and illustrator Misa Saburi describes all the ways and circumstances in which our feline friends are liquids - the way they drape themselves, or laze about in relaxed puddles - while the artwork shows them cavorting in various ways. Of course, cats are a liquid, except when they aren't (such as when one is attempting to give them a bath), something also depicted in text and artwork... Any reader who has ever seen a cat do something like this: will know that the title of this new picture-book is 100% accurate! As it happens, the title of this one is really what drew me in, although I do have a distinct weakness for any picture-book featuring felines. I wasn't that thrilled with the text itself, as I thought it often felt a little scattered, but the idea of the book, along with the cute cartoon-style artwork, kept me entertained. There's even a brief afterword discussing the science of various states of matter. Recommended to all cat lovers, who will appreciate learning about the liquid qualities of their favorite animals!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Megan Sanks

    The cats are so cute! And I liked the inclusion of the science experiment at the end. The best part of this book was watching Miranda read it out loud to Cheese.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tegan

    This is ADORABLE. Definitely for all those cat lovers out there. The illustrations are super cute and they include ALL kinds of cats.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    A charming celebration of felines and their unusual physical properties inspired by an Ig Nobel Prize–winning investigation of how cats behave like liquids.

  5. 4 out of 5

    T. Blake

    I read it while browsing the bookstore and found it amusing. The majority of it is your classic picture book for a kindergarten age kid. I found also found it refreshing to see illustrations of people of different ethnic backgrounds, as well as different types of cats one might encounter. The last two or three pages are a science class explanation of what matter is and gives you instructions on making corn starch goo to help enforce that lesson.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amy Pickett

    If you've ever observed a cat wedging itself into a seemingly too-small box, you'll agree with the author's premise: cats are a liquid! They mold to the shape of any container. Except when they don't ... observe cats in all of their states in this winning picture book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Evan

    This book made me laugh out loud! Cat-lovers, this is a must-read. Sidenote: the whole concept of a cat as a liquid makes me think of one of my favorite opening lines of a poem, "Catalogue," by Rosalie Moore. "Cats sleep fat and walk thin..."

  8. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Cats in beakers? Cats in test tubes? It's like the whole first page was drawn just for me!! (I collect lab glass, fyi...)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Jean Lareau

    Amusing with Cat science!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    PERFECT for a preschool science program! or PK yoga program, or any PK storytime actually.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sean Cox-marcellin

    Yes, yes they are. Includes directions for making oobleck in the back.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Paul Hankins

    What can a picture book really DO in an upper elementary or secondary content area classroom. . .like science? CATS ARE A LIQUID serves as a nice "ladder" (Teri Lesesne) to the original paper making the suggestion (a web address for that paper is found in the book). With a rhythmic, rhyming, listing approach, the author presents the subject and its verbs that make the suggestion and lead to summary statements as the book progresses. Imagine this as a model for the process of comparing and What can a picture book really DO in an upper elementary or secondary content area classroom. . .like science? CATS ARE A LIQUID serves as a nice "ladder" (Teri Lesesne) to the original paper making the suggestion (a web address for that paper is found in the book). With a rhythmic, rhyming, listing approach, the author presents the subject and its verbs that make the suggestion and lead to summary statements as the book progresses. Imagine this as a model for the process of comparing and contrasting and vetting to make a hypothesis that "X is like Y" or "X IS Y" which would, in turn, help to solidify how simile and metaphor present in within a world outside of the English classroom. The back "matter" for this October (just in time for fall) release includes definitions of matter and articles and books related to the subject. In addition, an opportunity to make (and tips for disposal) oobleck are also found in the paratext (epitext) for the book. Picture books. Fun. Informative. Informing. And, in the right (write) hands the kind of model/mentor text you didn't know you were looking for when you were looking for extensions to lessons presented in the classroom.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    While it might at first glance even to consider how cats could be both solid and liquid at various times, those of us who spend much of our time with them will relate to this picture book, filled as it is with cats who seem to literally pour from the rafters and ooze their way into the hearts of humans. Based on a science joke and investigation of felines, this picture book shows the many ways that cats really seem to be liquid. From my own experience, it's true that my cats somehow manage to While it might at first glance even to consider how cats could be both solid and liquid at various times, those of us who spend much of our time with them will relate to this picture book, filled as it is with cats who seem to literally pour from the rafters and ooze their way into the hearts of humans. Based on a science joke and investigation of felines, this picture book shows the many ways that cats really seem to be liquid. From my own experience, it's true that my cats somehow manage to squeeze into places that I'd never dream that they could fit, maneuvering their bodies so that they conform perfectly to buckets, small boxes, and even purses and book bags. While I loved the idea here as well as the Adobe Photoshop illustrations featuring cats who seem almost like Slinky toys, I was particularly impressed with the vivid word choice used to describe cats. Still, my favorite image has to be the double-page spread showing several cats enchanted by their first sighting of snow flurries as they gaze from their window. Back matter includes information about the states of matter and an activity, but no cats are involved in that one. Honestly, if you share your living space with a cat, you will enjoy this picture book, which serves as a tribute to cats but also provides room for reflecting on the possibilities and innate nature of these furry creatures, each one unique.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Becky B

    The author uses a sustained metaphor comparing cats to liquid and other states of matter because of the way they act. I highly suggest reading the author's note in the back of the book BEFORE you read the main text. It helps frame the text and set the stage so you better understand the comparisons going on. There is a little comparison to the three states of matter, but you really have to know what to look for to find them. They aren't spelled out. Those learning about metaphors will find plenty The author uses a sustained metaphor comparing cats to liquid and other states of matter because of the way they act. I highly suggest reading the author's note in the back of the book BEFORE you read the main text. It helps frame the text and set the stage so you better understand the comparisons going on. There is a little comparison to the three states of matter, but you really have to know what to look for to find them. They aren't spelled out. Those learning about metaphors will find plenty of examples in this book (though possibly more complex and better suited for older readers reviewing metaphors...take it to a high school English class and see if they can find all the metaphors, the vapor one especially takes careful attention to notice). What is obvious are typical cat antics, poses, and behaviors. The book is just as much a celebration of crazy cat behavior. Recommended for metaphor studiers, states of matter learners, and most of all, cat lovers.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carol Farrington

    This is a cute bouncy book. Although I'm not convinced cats do some of the things illustrated (has anyone really trained their cat to use the toilet???) it is fun and I am sure young children will enjoy it. The instructions for oobleck, which I could not remember the proportions for, are included. I am positively, absolutely, definitely using this book for story time! As much as oobleck sets off my texture sensitivity I will have the kids make and play with it as the activity for the book so I'm This is a cute bouncy book. Although I'm not convinced cats do some of the things illustrated (has anyone really trained their cat to use the toilet???) it is fun and I am sure young children will enjoy it. The instructions for oobleck, which I could not remember the proportions for, are included. I am positively, absolutely, definitely using this book for story time! As much as oobleck sets off my texture sensitivity I will have the kids make and play with it as the activity for the book so I'm glad it was included.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I have been dying to read this book. It was an interesting way to look at forms of liquid and water and also at cats. I was hoping for just the latter and some of the scientific stuff gets in the way, but it is a mostly really cute story with great illustrations as well. Heck, it could have been a wordless or mostly wordless book as well. The funniest part is at the end when it mentions, "Read about the scientific paper that started it all." Good for preschool storytime on cats.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Francis S. Poesy

    I did like this book a lot but I was expecting something more. It's not really a story per se, but an investigation/celebration of how weird, goofy, slinky, bad, and amazing cats can be. The illustrations are cute and provide more storyishness. I do like the idea that it is an introduction to STEM by taking an idea that kids would find funny and interesting and sparking questions about how the premise can be proven or refuted. Great use of back matter.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Giggle-inducing and sure to spark interest in cats and science, Cats Are a Liquid features young researchers observing the liquid-like properties of cats in a laboratory. Including adorable illustrations, an explanation of the states of matter, and a special science experiment at the end!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Allie

    Cute, fun, minimally sciency. I like the idea of pairing it with some fluid experiments like making oobleck or other non-Newtonian fluids.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marg Corjay

    Fun rhymes, cute illustrations, and easily understood science facts make this great for a read out loud book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    Really closer to a 3-star, but cats are my jam. See Abigail’s review for more!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    Based on a paper given in a science humor magazine called Annals of Improbable Research. I liked the text but thought the highly stylized illustrations undercut the humor somehow.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Gomez

    A cute and snappy picture book sure to delight cat lovers.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    Delightfully fun!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Amusing celebration of feline states of matter. Fun read for cat fans that can also be stretched into some STEAM curriculum connections. Recommended for ages 4-7.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Inge

    Rhyming, plot-less text. Cute enough illustrations, but not compelling otherwise.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    This was very cute, comparing cats to liquids by being able to fill and take the size/shape of their container.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alison N

    A funny and simple book that confirms what we've suspected all along. Cats are indeed a liquid.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Megan McCloud

    I liked the title but it wasn't as fun as I thought it would be.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    A jaunty rhyme introducing science words and in which cats are very involved. More descriptive definitions found in the back. Give to a little scientist or cat lover.

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