The Catawampus Cat

the catawampus cat

The CATawampus Cat
Jason Carter Eaton
Pictures by Gus Gordon
Crown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, 2017

From the dust jacket, “Sometimes all it takes is a small shift in perspective to help you see what was right there all along.” “Catawampus (cat-uh-wahm-pus) n. <1. Diagonal or at an angle. 2. Askey, awry. As in: The catawampus cat walked into town one day, and that’s when everything began to change.”

Do you remember the following nursery rhyme?

There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse.
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

This story has nothing to do with a crooked man, mouse, house or cat, but for some reason it reminds me of it. Maybe it’s the crooked cat – but this cat is catawampus, not crooked! That means he walks around town at an angle which causes a lot of the townfolk to look at him – and their lives – differently. Without knowing it (or, maybe he does) he changes everything around him – and at the very end he changes himself!!!

Love the illustrations – particularly how the artist incorporates paper clippings into his illustrations (which, by the way, has inspired Mom to make some new collages!) The cat is cute, although the way he is drawn, it looks like he walks around with closed eyes – but maybe that’s to show how aloof he is to what goes on around him. The print is a medium size and printed in black on mostly light-colored backgrounds so it will be easy to read for most kittens.

Rating, 4 out of 5 paws because like all cats, he remains unique and an enigma to everyone. Also, the illustrations are inspiring to Mom!!



Mr. Fuzzbuster Knows He’s the Favorite

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Mr. Fuzzbuster Knows He’s the Favorite

Stacy McAnulty
Illustrated by Edward Hemingway
Two Lions, Amazon, 2017

From the dust jacket: “Mr. Fuzzbuster knows he’s Lily’s favorite. After all, the two of them have been together since she was in diapers and he fit in a teacup. They spent all their time together. But now four more animals also live in the house, and each think they’re Lily’s favorite. So it’s up to Mr. Fuzzbuster to show them once and for all whom she loves best….”

This book is so cute! I just love Mr. Fuzzbuster – not only is he all black, but he’s handsome and smart – just like me!! Of course he’s Lily’s favorite. I mean, who is a lizard, a dog, a bird and a fish compared to a sleek house panther!! Well, at least that’s what we think – but it turns out, Lily is quite fair in her love for her pets and she shows each of them how much they are loved. Wonderful illustrations – they’re simple yet very expressive. You can just see the pride in Fuzzbuster’s face – but also the disappointment, too. This is a sweet book we adding to our wish list.

Rating 5 out of 5 paws because we love it and we’re sure your kittens will love it, too!!





Cats’ Night Out

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Cats’ Night Out

Caroline Stutson
Illustrated by Jon Klassen
A Paula Wiseman Book, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2010

From the dust jacket, “In the city, windows light. How many cats will dance tonight?
“It’s just a quiet evening in the city. Or is it? As the sun sets in the sky, dancing felines take to the streets and rooftops for a night on the town.
“Come along one night on Easy Street as a pair of cats start to groove to the beat. Count the cats by twos (and hunt for their number hidden on the page!) in this foot-tapping, finger-snapping counting book.”

Cats, cats and more cats! Just the way I like my cat books! With each page turned, the number of cats increases, they change their clothes and the way they’re dancing! We have cats doing the samba, the fox trot, the polka, and my personal favorite – line-dancing, complete with cowcat boots! And, of course, once it reaches its crescendo – well, if I were to tell you what happens, it wouldn’t be as funny as you finding out for yourself. A perfect ending to a perfectly wonderful book! And even though the illustrations aren’t what I typically like, I don’t mind them – except that the way the cat’s eyes are drawn they all look like they’re asleep or dancing with their eyes closed. It’s a bit weird.

Rating 4 out of 5 paws because it made me smile the whole way through and laugh at the end.





The Enchanting World of Kitty Wigs

Julie Jackson
Photographs by Jill Johnson
Chronicle Books, 2009

If you like cats…and even if you don’t, you’ll find this book to be charming! It’s a photography book so it’s all about cats in wigs. No cats were harmed in the making of this book; however, they were coerced with lots of treats!glamourpussb

Here’s what the author says: “Why not introduce a glamorous hairstyle to spark your pet’s imagination while you snap some photos. The world is overcrowded with insulting T-shirts and booties for dogs and fluffy collars for cats that make them look like court jesters. Your fabulous feline is so much better than that, and you both know it.”glamourpussc

So, enough with the words. Let’s just get on with it and show some adorable photos. Make sure you visit the website for more fun!!!glamourpussd

Rating 5 out of 5 paws because who doesn’t love cats in wigs! (My mom just better not try any on me!!)


Reviewer: Jack



Martin’s Mice


Martin’s Mice

Dick King-Smith
Illustrated by Jez Alborough
Cover illustration by Jon Goodell
Crown Books for Young Readers, 2001, 1988

From the back of the book: “Martin’s not like all the other kittens on the farm: he doesn’t eat mice. In fact, he thinks they’re adorable and keeps them as pets in the old bathtub in the loft. He visits them, feeds them, and does everything he can to protect them from his mouse-hunting family. But Martin’s in for a shock: his mice run away! Why would they ever leave their safe bathtub? It’s not until Martin himself is imprisoned as a pet that he learns the true meaning of freedom—and friendship.”

Poor Martin! He actually throws up when he is forced by his mother to eat a mouse! His brother and sister harangue him mercilessly because he won’t eat mice; his mother berates him because he won’t eat mice. But Martin doesn’t care! He has a positive attitude and learns to avoid his family when he can. He does show growth – he learns to stand up for himself and, as the publishers said, learns how important it is for wild things to be free.

I enjoyed reading the book – the story itself is an interesting concept and the important characters are developed well for a children’s book;  we never know the names of the humans (other than ‘the farmer’, ‘the farmer’s wife’, and ‘the girl’) because they are just background characters. The real action is in the barnyard and all its inhabitants. The copy I have is discarded library book and the print is a good size for elementary-aged readers. If you can find a copy and you like cat books, you might consider adding it to your own library.

Rating 4 out of 5 paws – Martin is a lovable character;the story encourages positive morals, and to have compassion for others who are not like you.


Reviewer: PeggySue