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Picturebook: The Cat that wouldn't move

June 18, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

The Cat That Wouldn't Move strikes me as a book that is as misunderstood as the cat in the story. This has been one of my favorites and frequently read by my little boy and I with lots of giggles to go around. It is, however, a bit strange (the story that is). It's about a cat that won't get off the couch, is obese and even projects a stream of pee into a potty held near him (as an animated scene no less). Clearly it is not funny to everyone and contains material that has been noted in app store reviews as 'inappropriate' for kids, particularly in a classroom setting.

While I do agree that this isn't a great book for sharing with a classroom of other people's children, I wouldn't dismiss this cute and very funny book so completely. It is a kind of humor that is truly hit or miss, but if you have had as many 'difficult' pets (cats in particular) as I have over the years, it's hard not to be amused at the storyline. It is told in rhyming verse with lines like: "Something's got to be done. He smells really bad and he weighs a ton."

The cat eventually gets given away with the old couch to a second-hand store where no one will buy it. The owner of the store and the original cat owners (both single parents) eventually meet and fall in love, which is sweet and also a bit strange. I'm not sure why I love this book, but I do ... just like the couple love the cat. Perhaps it is a testament to how we all sometimes overlook the failings in those we adore, simply because that is the nature of love; it's strange and wonderful.

The book is lightly animated and interactive in a way that is somewhat 'underwhelming' but nonetheless complements the story. The hand-drawn illustrations are delightful, with lots of wonderful detail on every page. The book is also nicely narrated, although the text, in yellow, is a bit small and uninspired compared to the whimsy of the story and artwork. Overall, this is an enjoyable children's book app, especially for cat owners or anyone who enjoys 'potty' humor and twisted love stories.

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Picturebook: The Cat that wouldn't move

June 18, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
Iris Boter

Developer:
Orange Books

Length (time):
6 - 8 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:
No

Uses Motion: No

Age: 4 - 10

Languages:
English • German •Dutch •

Length (pages):
12 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - Picturebook: The Cat that wouldn't move

On Lazybones Street there lives a cat that is so fat he won't get off the couch. Visitors sit on the floor and the owners of the cat are at their wits end trying to deal with him. He won't even get up to be, requiring someone to place a potty nearby. "This cat is so fat, it's really absurd." When the family gets a new sofa they try to pry the cat off the old one to give it away. When the cat won't budge, Dan & his daughter Rose decide to give away both the couch & the cat together to a second-hand store.

Many customers want to buy the couch, but no one is willing to take the obese cat (which is 'stuck'). The store's owner, Ann, begins to fear she will never get ride of the 'nasty thing'. Then the cat makes the news, bringing customers to the store (to buy other things, of course). With the money she's made, Ann decides to take a trip to Rome.

Meanwhile, Dan & Rose miss the old cat while sitting on their new sofa. They decide to go back and buy their old couch back, cat and all. When they arrive they find a note on the door of the second-hand shop saying "We're away, we'll open again in six weeks, end of May." Dan & Rose are disturbed to find the cat still inside, all alone.

Suddenly at the door arrives a frazzled Ann, rushing back as she realizes that she loves the cat and missed him the minute she (and her little boy) left the shop. As Dan & Ann meet eyes they fall instantly in love, much to the joy of their two children. Now the four of them can be a family, all thanks to that silly, smelly, won't-budge-an-inch cat.

 

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Orientation: Landscape

Format: iPad

Options:

Sound Effects On/Off, Narration On/Off, Language (English, Dutch, German)

App Release Date:
2011-03-25

 






Size: 60.2 MB

Version: 1.0

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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