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

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!

Categories: Age 1-5, Other Stuff Related to Books and Reading

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27 replies

  1. 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. Concept books always amaze me. Have you seen ALPHABEASTIES?

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

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

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

  7. 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. 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. 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. How wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Ha! Love the word play in the title.

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

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


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