The Sweetest Witch Around
Illustrated by Harry Bliss
A Paula Wiseman Book, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2014
From the dust jacket, “All the witches in witch land are afraid of humans. The human ways are so mysterious. Why do those humans go house to house every Halloween saying “Trick or treat!” just to get candy? All witches know candy tastes yucky.
“But a brave little witch doesn’t think so. Before you can say “lollipop,” little Witchling is off to experience Halloween firsthand and to go get some candy for herself! Candy, yum!”
The Halloween book is really cute with the young ‘Witchling’ discovering for herself just how yummy candy is (well, at least to people, not cats). However, the best part is the Witch’s cat – an orange tabby, Kitty, is certainly not silent or without opinion! I also loved all the little details, like, “Graveyard Barbie” complete with “cut-out graves.” Then there’s the “Easy-Bake Cauldron” where the Witchling is attempting to make Slug & Spider Stew and Kitty’s standing nearby with an empty plate! This is the kind of Halloween story I like – fun and surprising!
Rating: 4 out of 5 paws because who doesn’t want to see a witches cat ride a broomstick??
Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2010
From the dust jacket: “It’s Halloween, and Splat is determined to be the scariest cat in the class. Unfortunately he’s just too much of a scaredy-cat. He’s afraid of a little spider, and everyone says his costume looks more silly than scary. And when Mrs. Wimpydimple tells a ghost story in the dark, Splat gets so frightened that he tips over his jack-o’-lantern. But when the lights go back on, the entire class is scared silly by a small, black, furry creature with a big pumpkin head. Whooooo can it me?”
This is my first Splat the Cat book – you’d think I would’ve read them a long time ago since Splat’s a house panther like me! But I’m glad I did read one of his books – and plan to read all the rest!! He’s so funny and weird-cute at the same time. He’s got this teeny-tiny face on a big ol’ body that is just so adorable. I felt sorry for him at first because his first costume broke and then his friends laughed at his second costume. But I laughed really loud after reading about what happened at school! So hilarious!! I’m definitely a Splat fan!!
Rating 4 out of 5 paws because Splat’s funny and has lovely black fur like me!!
Cat Got Your Secrets
Crooked Lane Books, 2017
From the dust jacket: “Lacy Marie Crocker has settled into a comfortable grove back home in New Orleans, and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, she’s busier than ever running a thriving pet boutique, helping her mother organize the upcoming National Pet Pageant, and untangling her complicated love life. but when delivering a king-sized order of dreidel-shaped doggy biscuits for a Saint Berdoodle’s Bark-Mitzvah, Lacy stumbles into yet another murder scene—and the last person to see the victim alive was her own father.
“It’s up to Lacy to clear her dad’s name from the suspect list before Detective Jack Oliver has to cage him for good. But just when she starts pawing at the truth, she receives a threatening letter from a mysterious blackmailer bent on silencing her with her own secrets. And Lacy’s not the only one with bones in her closet.”
More fun pet fashion and mystery! I liked this book as much as the previous two (and I only saw one spelling error, so the editor is getting better, too!). I did end up guessing who the murder was – but only just before Lacy did so I think that’s a pretty good mystery. The books are all well written with seamless plot twists and fast paced enough to keep me reading when I should’ve have taken a nap or groomed myself. I hope the author writes more soon!!!
Rating: 4 out of 5 paws – There’s three recipes included and the tuna tart sounds the best. I’ve never been to New Orleans but I bet it would be fun – I’d especially like to see the Garden District and Magazine Street, which is where the fictional Furry Godmother Pet Boutique is.
Cat Got Your Cash
A Kitty Couture Mystery #2
Crooked Lane Books, 2017
From the dust jacket, “Lacy Marie Crocker’s whimsical pet couture has gained a following in New Orleans’s cozy Garden District, and word of mouth has traveled all the way to her favorite fashion designer, Annie Lane. Lacy’s thrilled when Annie schedules a private session at her home to discuss a companion line for her evening wear, but when Lacy arrives for the appointment, she enters the kitchen to two mewling Siamese cats—and one very dead Annie.
“Lacy takes the kittens home to care for them until they can be properly claimed by Annie’s family or friends, but after a busy day of work, she returns home to find them missing. And when Lacy learns the cats are set to inherit Annie’s fortune, she begins to wonder if the killer was after the kittens all along. Now Lacy will stop at nothing to save the Siamese and find justice for Annie—if the killer doesn’t sink his claws into her first.
“Luckily, Lacy has the help of handsome NOLA PD homicide detective Jack Oliver to help her catch the cat-napper before it’s too late in Cat Got Your Cash, the endearing second Kitty Couture mystery from Julie Chase.”
I completely enjoyed this second Kitty Couture mystery – it was so good I spent most of yesterday reading instead of doing what any respectable cat should be doing (napping, grooming, napping). In addition to the initial murder, Lacy uncovers another crime going on; gets abducted; her cat, Penelope, goes missing; and she can’t make up her mind about the two handsome men in her life, Jack and Chase. Mix in a little New Orleans atmosphere and magic, and you’ve got yourself a fun and exciting mystery!
Rating 4 out of 5 paws; aside from a few spelling errors I found, this book is all good fun!!!
Illustrated by Amy June Bates
From the dust jacket: “One stormy night just before Halloween, a soaked ginger cat finds shelter in a warm library. Pumpkin Cat, as she is named by the welcoming librarians, realizes how luck she is to have found a safe place where she’s cared for and where children come to visit every day.
“Yet once the sun sets and Pumpkin Cat is alone, she recognizes that the library can’t yet truly be called “home.” Something special is missing—but what is it?”
This is a completely sweet story about a ginger (orange, or red) cat swept away by a rain storm only to wash up across the street from a library. And even though she is well loved by everyone, she still longs for something that would make her home a home.
The publisher recommends the book for 3-7 year-olds and considering the long story and large number of words, I would say that it’s an accurate age range. But, the younger kittens would enjoy the book being read to them, if only to enjoy the watercolor illustrations which are expressive and very pretty. It is a Halloween book and even though the kitty is scared a little, there’s nothing scary about it. This is a lovely seasonal book that doesn’t have to be read in season!
Rating 4 out of 5 paws because Pumpkin Cat is orange like Toby and he insisted it be so!!