Hi, Cat!

ISBN: 0670885460
ISBN 13: 9780670885466
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!

Reader's Thoughts


If you say hi to a cat, and you don't get any immediate response, it doesn't mean the cat doesn't like you.


One of my favorite if not THE favorite Ezra Jack Keats' book. I love his collages of artwork, a must read for anybody of any age.


the illustrations are amazing, but the story is weird. I don't really want to read it more than once, and my 5 year old could care less. The pretty show one is way better.


#6 in the popular 'Peter Series'. As always, by Ezra jack Keats shows the brighter side of inner city living through the eyes of children.


Amazing illustrations.

Angela Alcorn

Sweet, but I don't think many kids these days would get the whole "hanging out with other kids" thing, sadly.


Ezra Jack Keats really captures the feel of children hanging out and playing together and the collage illustrations are amazing.


I think we have to read this a few more times to decide if we like it.


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.


June 1, 1999, Ezra Jack Keats, Grades: K-2, Animals: Children's Literature


"Hi, Cat!" With just those words begins the colorful, funny, thoughtful story of a boy who makes a new potential friend just by the power of a simple greeting. A couple of words of friendliness thrown out like a life preserver in a weary, watery world can sometimes be all it takes to make a person (or cat) look at you with a whole new set of eyes. Author Ezra Jack Keats does a fine job of capturing the rhythm of everyday life on a city street, with the kids providing their own entertainment by using the things that they have around themselves. The illustrations swirl in a wash of color that sets the tone very well for the narrative that accompanies them.

Rosa Cline

As in every Mr Keats books his illustrations are (to me) more important than that of the story. They can tell the story without the words. So interesting and creative. But the story lines are always nice as well. The little boy finds a friend he didn't know he had!


The story wasn't the strongest part of this book, but it was one of those parts of childhood many of us can relate to -- putting on a show for others. One hiccup in the plan is this adorable cat that tails our protagonist, the adorably bespectacled Archie, on his way to visit his friends and back home. The illustrations -- paint and newspaper collage -- are a beautiful, subtle, muted rainbow of colors found in the city. What's really cool about this? People of color in an everyday story in which race, culture, ethnicity, or skin color does not play a part. It's a cute story about kids, gorgeously illustrated, and a sweet little read.


This was one of my favorite books as a rich white Jewish kid.


I didn't like the text. Snowy Day is better.

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