Scarlatti's Cat

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Domenico Scarlatti, the great Italian composer, enjoys his cat’s company when he plays harpsichord. Little does he know, his cat, Pulcinella, also dreams of composing her own music! One day, while chasing a mouse, she tumbles onto the harpsichord. Suddenly, she can’t resist the urge to play. When she begins to play, Scarlatti’s eyes widen…

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.2
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV002050, JUV031040, JUV022000
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Lexile 680
ATOS Reading Level 3.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 162759
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Original artwork and Reviewed

Author: Nathaniel Lachenmeyer

Nathaniel Lachenmeyer is an award-winning author of books for children and adults, and a playwright. His first book, The Outsider (Random House), won two book awards, was featured on NPR's "Fresh Air," and has been translated into six languages. Nathaniel's picture book The Origami Master (Albert Whitman) was a Junior Library Guild Selection, a Children's Indie Next Pick, and an American Library Association Book Links Lasting Connection. Nathaniel lives outside Atlanta with his wife and children.

Illustrator: Carlyn Beccia

Carlyn Beccia (pronounced Betcha) is an author, illustrator and graphic designer. Beccia's children's books, including Monstrous, The Raucous Royals, I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat, and They Lost Their Heads, have won numerous awards including the Golden Kite Honor, the International Reading Association's Children's and Young Adult Book Award, and the Cybils Award. If you would like to know what she has in her zombie preparedness kit, visit her at


School Library Journal

“Beccia’s painterly illustrations are evocative of the time period and have muted colors, plenty of detail, and a little whimsy thrown in for good measure….A fun historical read that could be used as a segue to discussing composers and artists or read simply as an amusing cat tale.” —School Library Journal