Step into Spanish – Tater Tot is My Fat Cat (paperback)

Lori Ries

Written by Lori Ries
Illustrated by Lara Law

Tater Tot is a cuddly, mischievous, playful cat . . . usually, but now, Tater Tot is a slug. What will Miguel discover as he observes his cat’s strange new behavior? Will Tater Tot ever be fun again?

The Step into Spanish Series is designed to teach children basic Spanish vocabulary words through story. Children’s writer Lori Ries, and illustrator Lara Law, team up to provide a fun way for children to explore the Spanish Language.

Ages 3-8, 8″x8″


  1. Kristine Zimmerman for Readers’ Favorite

    Tater Tot is My Fat Cat by Lori Ries is a beginner reader in Spanish and English. It is part of the Step into Spanish series. The story is simple but very cute, with a surprise ending. Tater Tot is a very large cat who cannot run, jump, or climb. Tater Tot is very good at resting. The layout of the book is perfect for early readers, with one sentence per page. Each page also pulls out one word from the sentence and includes the Spanish word as well. For example, Tater Tot is my fat cat, followed by the word Cat and then Gato. Tater Tot is My Fat Cat is an uncomplicated story that will engage its readers.

    Lori Reis has done a great job introducing basic Spanish words in a fun story. Tater Tot is My Fat Cat is a book that kids can read on their own but could also be used by adults just starting to learn Spanish vocabulary. The illustrations by Lara Law are full of texture. They are also quite humorous. My favorite picture is Tater Tot getting stuck in the kitty door/ Puerta. Beginner readers need to feel successful as they attempt independent reading. Reis has accomplished this by using clear, concise language and a little bit of repetition in Tater Tot’s story. As a former children’s librarian, our Spanish section was always in need of engaging new original stories like Tater Tot is My Fat Cat. I’m looking forward to seeing more titles in the Step into Spanish series!

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