Gouache illustrations capture the hilarity and readers will enjoy the three vignettes that provide a complete narrative arc of Cat’s day subbing in for Dog. . . . Using simple language, humorous speech bubbles, and laugh-out loud funny illustrations LaRochelle has another winning early chapter book that readers will enjoy having read to them as well as conquering on their own.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
The subversion of the static text with contradicting or simply goofy visuals cleverly brings the story to a meta level, but youngsters can still hone their burgeoning skills on the narrator’s direct, simple sentences. Fans of See the Cat will be delighted to see the cat here, as will readers of Willems’ We Are in a Book! (BCCB 10/10) and Scieszka’s Battle Bunny (BCCB 12/13).
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books