No One Noticed the Cat
After the death of wise old Mangan, the Regent of Esphania, many of the regent's skills and qualities seem to have been transferred to his beautiful and intelligent cat, Niffy, who at once attaches herself to the new ruler, Prince Jamas. When the king of a neighboring kingdom seems keen to forge an alliance with Jamas by allowing the prince to marry his niece, the real dan...more
Because everyone loves cats and sassy princes.
Really the only downside was the occasional typo of a character’s name (“Hey!” said Geroge.) and that’s just not enough...more
By Anne McCaffrey
This is a pleasant, gentle Fantasy story that is suitable for third-graders but would be best suited to the fifth-grade class. Prince Jamas has just lost his friend and Regent, and is still just short of achieving his majority so that he can rule the country of Esphania. Fortunately for him, the recently departed Mangan had seen the need approaching, and had surrounded the Prince with trustworthy and discrete advisors and protectors, among them the cat Niff...more
Young Prince Jamas was raised by the sensible, wise Regent Mangan after his somewhat irresponsible parents passed away. Will Jamas's 'wild blood' have out now that his wise, ol...more
It's short, cute, sweet, and a fun st...more
The story is a fairy tale written for her granddaughter, Amelia. As in all fairy tales, it has exciting action, danger, and an evil queen. It has four deaths, two marriages, and characters who change and grow as the plot evolves. Characterization is one of Ms. McCaffery's most formidable wri...more
Esphania's regent has died and apparently left much of his skills to his cat, Niffy. This is good because Niffy will need everything she can to protect Prince Jamas and his new wife, Princess Willow of Mauritia, from be...more
I would classify this as a novella, I read it in a day and didn't break a sweat. The time frame and scope of the novel are fairly limited. We're just supposed to step into the...more
The book is thin, too thin for the price. The story, though, is charming. I would almost classify it as a fairy tale but, other than the extreme cleverness of a cat, there are few other fairy tale elements. The scheming adviser schemes for the...more
a great story of personal struggle and love with a midevil aspect of surounding nature.
I enjoyed this book because it's a more adult version of Puss in Boots for me. I thought it was quite lovely how the cat was able to guide the young prince. My favourite part was when the seat was reserved for the cat.
Simple yet charming story with the twist that the cat is definitely more than it appears, when it appears.
Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two...more