Hi, Cat

Hi, Cat

by Ezra Jack Keats


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On his way to hang out with the neighborhood kids, Archie very innocently greets a stray cat who follows him and gets in the way. The cat ruins everything - Archie's street show is a mess and his audience drifts away. But things aren't all bad: when Archie goes, the cat follows him all the way home, too!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670885466
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/28/1999
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 1,204,492
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Ezra Jack Keats (1916–1983) is the Caldecott Medal winning author of The Snowy Day, which broke ground in 1962 as one of the first picture books for young children to portray a realistic, multi-cultural urban setting. Since its initial publication, The Snowy Day has come to be regarded as both a children’s classic and one of the most important picture books ever written/illustrated. Ezra Jack Keats’ legacy lives on in the popularity of his most famous character, Peter—the star of The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Peter's Chair, A Letter to Amy, Goggles, and others. Visit the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation online at www.ezra-jack-keats.org

Date of Birth:

March 11, 1916

Date of Death:

May 6, 1983

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, New York

Place of Death:

New York, New York


Thomas Jefferson High School, New York City

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Hi Cat 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
cvyork on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I have read with Archie as the main character. Since I have been reading many of these books closely together, I think that Peter is not only older than Archie, but grows older from Whistle for Willie to this book. Pretty neat, it would be cool to sequence the books in this fashion, to do a class author study, if something like this were true.
atlomas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think this maybe my favorite story in the books about Peter. I love his friend Archie with his cat and glasses and Hawaiian shirts. "Hi, cat!" is a great book for story time.
angietangerine17 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love kitty cats. The main character gets into some trouble with this cat....but cats are worth it...Follows him home and sits outside waiting for him to come back out...Awe.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like most of Keats' books, this is less of a STORY story than just a retelling of a kid's day. I think that's what makes them so good, actually - they're very realistic.So Archie is walking to play with the other kids, and he casually says "Hi" to a random cat. And the cat follows him. Archie goofs off for a bit, pretending that he has a beard instead of a popsicle stain on his chin, and that he's a monster in a giant paper bag (the cat ruins that by climbing around inside), and that the dog Willie is really very tall (the cat ruins that by hopping on the fence so Willie chases him). Actually, everything goes wrong because of the cat, as his friend notes! But Archie isn't so sure.When he gets home, he tells the whole story to his mother, who thinks it's good that the cat left. What a pain! But we can see the whole scene - as Archie tells his mother that he thinks the cat just kinda of liked him, we can see the cat sitting on the stoop. Hee :)There's not much that really happens in the story. There's no moral message, there's no zany slapstick humor, there's none of... any of that. It's just a simple story about a kid being a kid. You definitely want this (and most of Keats' books, for that matter) on your bookcase. Some 40 years after they were first published, and they're just as great now as they were then.
KteachAP More than 1 year ago
The illustrations in this book are wonderful. Young readers will enjoy looking at the illustrations while reading the story. It is a cute story about how a little boy talks to a cat and everything that happens to him after that goes wrong. He blames it on the cat. A great read for children. I would definitely recommend this book to parents and teachers.
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moni78 More than 1 year ago
Jack Keats does a great job with this book, a simple story with no main purpose it serves as a great short story for kids. This story tells of a boy named Archie who simply says Hi, Cat! to a stray cat sitting near by as he passes to go play with his friends. Through out Archie's day the cat appears to be near and follows him, eventually ruining his performances for his friends. Archie ends his day with an explanation to his mother about his day's events. The illustrations are vivid and plenty bringing the story to life. I loved this short story and would recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I was very little (I am 40 now) my Dad used to read this to me and I loved it. The pictures like all of Ezra Jack Keats books are just beautiful. The story is delightfule as well. As is all of his books. If you have never read one of Mr. Keats' books this is a good one to start with.