Ahoy there me mateys! I received this middle grade non-fiction eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .
the cat encyclopedia for kids (Joann Mattern)
Title: the cat encyclopedia for kids
Author: Joann Mattern
Publication Date: March 1, 2018 (paperback)
Who doesn’t love cats? Arrrr! I saw this and couldn’t help but be drawn to a book with cat facts. They claim it be geared for 9 – 12 year olds. Bah! There be no age too high to stop learnin’. So I read this book in me bunk with me three ship cats at me side. Puurrrrfect!
I have to admit that I be torn on this book. On the one had it had lots of stunning cat photos and some awesome facts. I loved the blue “fun fact” boxes in particular. It focuses on 12 of the most popular breeds in the United States. The major problem was the writing style. I thought a lot of the sections sounded too similar – in particular the long lists of the various color points and the caring for your cat sections. I thought perhaps those facts would have been better as single sections for all cat breeds with check box charts showcasing the differences. Perhaps the color points would have been better off shown with more photo examples rather than just written descriptions. That said, I highly enjoyed all the new information I did learn.
Fun cat facts I learned (a sampling):
- A group of cats hanging around together is called a clowder.
- Cats generally sleep 13 to 14 hours a day. I wish I could!
- The Persian cat was the most popular cat in America from the 1970s until 2014.
- The oldest living domestic cat was Creme-Puff from Austin, Texas. She lived to be 38!
So ultimately I think this is a decent overall read that beginning and older cat lovers can enjoy.
Side note: have ye ever seen an Egyptian cat mummy? I have!
So lastly . . .
Thank you Capstone Books!
Netgalley’s website has this to say about the novel:
Do you have cat-titude? Learn the history, behaviors, physical traits, and special characteristics of cat breeds including Siamese, Persian, American Shorthair, Abyssinian, Maine Coon, and many more. Filled with fun facts and charming photographs, this guidebook gives cat lovers and owners an in-depth look at some furry feline friends. Charming photographs, fun facts, and hands-on pet care tips make this is the ultimate cat-alogue!
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