Toto the Tornado Kitten

scan0001Toto the Tornado Kitten
Jonathan Hall
Illustrated by Carol Ruzicka
Before I start the review, I must tell you my typist purchased this book (and the 2nd one which follows) a gazillion years ago – even had them autographed by Toto to me – then forgot to give them to me to read and review.  I’m taking offers on a new typist. This ones got too many birds flying around in her head to remember anything important!
On to the review: What a sweet book! It brought tears to my eyes – especially when Toto looks out the window and misses his old home in the woods and his mother. Sometimes I look out the window and miss the Wild, too. But like Toto, I remember I have a wonderful home with a wonderful human who loves be and will care for me forever!
I forgot to tell you the gist of the lovely picture book. Toto is born to a very pretty mom and has siblings and they all live in a field and in some woods and are very happy. Then one day a big storm called a ‘tornado’ – that’s sort of a ginormous funnel-shaped cloud that hops and skips around on the ground. There’s lots of wind surrounding it and wherever it touches down it destroys everything. Well, this tornado came through the woods where Toto lived with his family and tore the woods up and the poor kitten ended up in a tree! He was eventually rescued, nursed back to health and found a new, forever home with humans. True story!!!
The illustrations are sweet and painted in expressive colors. The print is large enough for the earliest readers but it also makes for a good story time book. Humans need to start out early learning how important it is to be kind to animals and this book is a good way to start that lesson.
scan0007Oh Toto! Where Did You Go?
Jonathan Hall
Illustrated by Carol Ruzicka
In this book Toto is now an adult kitty and one day he decides to go on a walkabout to visit friends. He has catnip tea for breakfast, visits the bank to make a donation to the local shelter, the firefighters at the local fire station, a nursing home, an elementary school, a tv station and more! He has such a full day and finally realizes that home is best.
This book’s story is written in ryhme which makes it extra charming. The illustrations are beautifully detailed so that they convey the story without reading. Very pretty.
We loved both books and that 100% of the proceeds of the books goes toward animal rescue shelters, including the Animal Rescue League of Boston. Toto has his own Facebook page which is HERE.
As a result of his rescue, Toto became famous and travels from place to place meeting and greeting humans and teaching them to be kind to animals.


Rating for both books: 5 out of 5 paws!!!5 paws
0621aReviewer: Simon

5 thoughts on “Toto the Tornado Kitten

  1. Summer August 20, 2016 / 2:57 pm

    These sound like adorable books!


  2. pilch92 August 20, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    That is so cool that your books are pawtogrpahed. I am proud to write that I got to meet this sweet boy in person ( fur) last year at the library in the next town over. He makes a lot of appearances around here. I love happy endings 🙂


    • Sabina Ayne August 20, 2016 / 7:34 pm

      Its so cool you got to meet him!! What an honor it must have been!! Love, Simon


  3. Three Chatty Cats August 22, 2016 / 11:13 pm

    These sound like such cute books and a great addition to my children’s book collection!


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