Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2011
From the dust jacket: “Fuddles is not your ordinary housecat. Instead of sitting around the house, eating and visiting his litter box, he dreams of scaling mountains and defeating ferocious foes—but Mom always blocks his way. Yet Fuddles knows in his heart-of-hearts that he is, in fact, a great adventurer, and he’s determined to go out!
“Except when he finally makes it outside things don’t really go as planned. After being laughed at, chased, and otherwise put through the wringer, Fuddles realizes that he really misses his family (and is more than a little hungry).
“Frans Vischer’s charming, witty picture book debut shows that the grass may not always be greener on the other side.”
I love me some Fuddles!!! The first Fuddles book I reviewed was A Very Fuddles Christmas and it was hilarious. This one is the first Fuddles book and is just as funny. Poor pampered kitty gets into so much trouble when he escapes outside! I’ll bet he listens to his Mom from now on! None of us cats understand why our Mom won’t let us outside. Maybe it would be funny like Fuddles’ adventure; but then again, maybe it would be very scary! And, I would hate to be away from food too long!!! Anyway, Fuddles is full of bravado and anticipation but he soon learns it’s better to listen to the people who love you and have only your safety in mind!!!
Rating 5 out of 5 paws because it’s very funny, very true and very Fuddles!
Berkley Prime Crime, Penguin Random House, 2015
From the back of the book, “Since inheriting her mother’s sandwich shop, Nora Charles is more about hot grilled paninis than cold-blooded murder—until her sister Lacey is arrested. The victim, an esteemed art collector and Lacey’s bullying professor, was stabbed in the heart. Apparently, all over a lousy grade.
“Off campus, things were just as dicey. The prof had an ex with secrets, a trophy wife set to inherit a fortune in masterworks, and a scorned student mistress. Going undercover, Nora realizes that investigating this crime is the biggest test of her sleuthing career. Because if she fails, even Nick’s animal instinct won’t be enough to rescue Lacy from a perfectly executed framing.”
This is the second installment of the Nick & Nora Mystery series, the one I’m reading backwards. Now that I’ve read the book I see what a not-so-smart idea that was. The whole mystery was taken out of it for me because I knew who the murder was the whole time – from the third book, Crime and Catnip. Of course I didn’t know the whys and how’s of the mystery, but still… . The result of this previous information as well as others, took all the enjoyment of reading the book – it took a lot of persuading myself to pick it back up to finish it. When I did finish it, I decided not to read the first book, Meow if it’s Murder but Nora keeps bringing up how Nick came into her life so I changed my mind and am starting that book today!
Rating 3 out of 5 paws because while it was a good mystery, it wasn’t riveting enough to keep me reading straight through to the end.
From the dust jacket: “How can you tell when it’s Christmas? Is it the snow? Is it the rustle of tissue paper? Or the sound of bells? Or the music of a song? Here is all the mystery and beauty of Christmas seen through the eyes of a cat, told in a simple, rhythmic story by Margaret Wise Brown, and illustrated with beautiful paintings by Anne Mortimer.”
First of all, any book with Anne Mortimer’s illustrations and story by Margaret Wise Brown is going to be wonderful. Second, any book that has a beautiful cat at the center of the story is going to be extra wonderful. And third, any book that has a tuxedo cat as it’s star is going to be extraordinarily wonderful!! This book is extraordinarily beautiful and wonderful! The story makes you want Christmas here right now! The pictures make you want to roll in the snow and listen to the quiet of Christmas Eve night. Maybe even spy Santa up in the sky – like PussyCat did! The text is medium size so it is perfect for early readers to read to the younger ones – especially on Christmas Eve. So gather the kittens around and savor a sweet story of wonder and enchantment.