Gobble, Gobble, Slip, Slop by Meilo So
A Tale of a Very Greedy Cat

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Who ever heard of a cat so greedy it swallowed its friend, the parrot, then a nosy old woman, a farmer and his donkey, and even the sultan’s royal wedding procession? Meilo So’s hungry, irascible tabby just opens his mouth and—gobble, gobble, slip, slop—down its gullet they go. Each page shows the cat getting fatter and fatter until two small land crabs put an end to the cat’s greed. With a glorious gatefold pull-out, So wraps up her story with all of the victims, including the sultan’s elephant, tumbling out of the cat’s tummy as good as new.

Retold from an Indian folktale, it’s as preposterous as “The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” and much more fun. Children will join in the gobble, gobble, slip, slop refrain and want to look at the irresistible artwork again and again.

About Meilo So

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Meilo So is the award-winning illustrator of many picture books, including THE WHITE SWAN EXPRESS for Clarion. She lives in the Shetland Islands in the U.K.
Published March 9, 2004 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 30 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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So retains her early-20th-century antecedent’s Indian setting, depicted in vigorously stroked, calligraphic tangles, and swoops of color, but gives the language a modern, familiar cant with echoes of “The Gingerbread Boy.” Boasts the cat, “I’ve eaten five hundred cakes, I’ve eaten my friend the p...

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The narrative barrels along in a cumulative style—"I've eaten five hundred cakes,/ I've eaten my friend the parrot,/ I've eaten the nosy old woman,/ I've eaten the farmer and his donkey,/ and I can eat all of you, too,/ I can, I can./ .../ So gobble,/ gobble,/ slip, slop/ the cat ate the sultan a...

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