The Cat Who Got Carried Away
Illustrated by Katharine McEwen
Walker Books, 2003
From the back of the book: “Gus and Gloria have a lot of running to do, Mrs Gaskitt hardly ever gets out of bed and something dreadful happens to Horace!”
Horace is a cute cat that lives with his humans, a mom, a dad, a brother and a sister. He’s just enjoying life, sitting on the wall near his home, watching the world go by, when suddenly, he’s PETNAPPED!!!! Along with many other pets in the village where he lives, his petnappers take him to another town and put him up for sale in a Pet Shop, of all places!! Will he go free and be able to get back home before someone else buys him? Will he make friends with Randolph Rat and Maurice Guinea Pig so they can escape? Who’s the brains of this group, anyway?
This is a great little chapter book for independent readers but young kittens would love to have it read to them over a couple of days. And after you’ve finished it, maybe you can think of other ways Nat could have escaped or foiled those mean ol’ petnappers. The illustrations are simple but charming, and Horace is a likeable, if a little flighty, cat hero!
Rating 4 out of 5 paws because the book has a lot of ‘cute’ factor – cute cat, cute pictures, cute story, even kinda cute petnappers!