Police Cat

Noodles wants to be an official member of the police department more than anything. But the rules won’t allow cats on the squad, even if Noodles is the best rat-chaser in the city. Still, Noodles goes out every night and patrols the streets. One night he comes upon a pack of rats that are up to no good. While chewing wires the rats start a fire in a basement. Noodles gets into the house and wakes the sleeping children. The whole family escapes and Noodles is a hero. But, wait—Truman, the police dog with the K-9 unit, gets the credit. Will the rescued family set the record straight?

  • 9780807557600
  • March 2015

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  • This story about animals on patrol features a crime-fighting cat, Noodles, who sniffs, “Police dogs are nothing but squirrel chasers.” Although Noodles sleeps at the police station, he enjoys few of the police dogs’ honors and comforts…Hinkes tells a lively, engaging story about a heroic tabby, handsomely rendered in appealing, realistic illustrations. A fine addition to the growing list of titles about working animals.

    - Booklist

  • Appealing illustrations, feline heroics, and humor (Noodles contemptuously views Truman as having “no dignity” and being “useless”) lift the story above the general stock group of books about animals saving lives. Though thoughts are ascribed to him, the tabby doesn’t speak and is realistically rendered, adding a flavor of possibility to the tale.

    - School Library Journal

Awards & Accolades

  • 2007-2008 Show Me Readers Award Second Place (Missouri)


    Common Core

    RL.1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9 RL.2.1,2,3,5,6,7,10 RL.3.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10


    • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
    • ATOS Level: 3.90