Adventurous kittens will find much to enjoy in this second installment of the Series of Unfortunate Events. While reading it with Sprocket, I found my...moreAdventurous kittens will find much to enjoy in this second installment of the Series of Unfortunate Events. While reading it with Sprocket, I found myself enjoying this book far more than I remember enjoying the first one, where I found the constant "this word means this in this context" interpolations to be annoying and unsubtle. However, in the second book, they were less so, perhaps because the storyline featuring plentiful snakes was more original and interesting than the first book's nuptial entanglements. Also, reading it with Sprocket, I saw the value of being more explicit about word meanings with younger readers. Perhaps it is not my favorite style, but it works and under Lemony Snicket's pen it is more often clever than not.
This book contains much material that will delight playful kitten readers. As might be expected, Sprocket's favorite character is Sunny because she is such a good chomper and she even gets to chomp snakes. Impressionable readers like Sprocket need to be cautioned that in most circumstances, chomping on snakes is unwise, unless the snakes are made of fleece and stuffed with catnip. Sprocket already has a cord-biting issue and I admit that reading this book made him even more excited about cord-chomping because in his mind he imagined he was chomping snakes. Every book we read together provides an opportunity to reinforce an important lesson, and after we read The Reptile Room, I prepared a list for Sprocket of things he cannot chomp. Unfortunately, I did not put the list on the list so Sprocket promptly chomped it into illegibility.(less)
A delightfully fun book, which should be no surprise since it was narrated by David Tennant. He is great with voices and humor and I could basically l...moreA delightfully fun book, which should be no surprise since it was narrated by David Tennant. He is great with voices and humor and I could basically listen to him all day long. And all night. The only problem is, the rest of the books in the series that he narrates are abridged and I can't bring myself to buy abridged books, even ones that he narrates. Why bother to abridge such short books? So now I must decide if I should change my position on abridged books or perhaps borrow the rest of the series from the library.(less)
This is a charming story of one kitty's adventure to rescue her favorite blankie. The drawings are detailed but not so much that it overbalances the s...moreThis is a charming story of one kitty's adventure to rescue her favorite blankie. The drawings are detailed but not so much that it overbalances the simple elegance of the stripey protagonist. The language is simple and direct. Kittens of all reading levels should be able to follow along, and perhaps add their own embellishments and sound effects during the action scenes. This book is sure to appeal to anykitty with a favorite blankie, but be warned that the story may be too intense for some anxiety-prone kittens with blankie attachment issues. It may be advisable to snuggle your kitten up in her or his favorite blankie before you start reading, so that your kitten will have the comfort and reassurance of its proximity. This is also a cautionary tale for those who have been tempted to hop into a garbage can or even to conceal her or himself in a grocery bag destined for recycling.
One minor quibble that in no way detracts from the enjoyment of the story is that the protagonist Tabby, a tabby, describes herself as a patchwork kitty, just like her patchwork blankie. However, it is generally accepted that tortoiseshell and calico kitties are more accurate examples of patchwork patterning. My Sprocket felt great kinship for the patchwork blankie in the story because his piebald coat is similar to a patchwork blankie that was patched by someone who doesn't know how to sew.
Overall, this is a highly recommended addition to your kitten reading library.(less)
I read this as part of my effort to read more feline self-help books. Someone gave the book to my family years ago, and after finally having read it,...moreI read this as part of my effort to read more feline self-help books. Someone gave the book to my family years ago, and after finally having read it, I've decided that it is one of those books meant to look cute but not to be read. The idea is promising - a how-to guide for kitties to arrange their environment for optimal harmony and happiness. But the result is rather dry and uninteresting - certainly not flavorful enough to capture the attention of a distractible kitty. The doodles are sort of cute. The feline authors of this book appear to have a rather snobbish attitude towards kitties who are content to live indoors. They go so far as to encourage indoor kitties to run away. I could not in good conscience recommend this book to an impressionable young kitty who might, through confusion and misguided feelings of inadequacy, actually try and thereby bring grief upon themselves and their loved ones. Furthermore, the feline authors do not appear to know that kitties write with their tails as ink brushes. They do not use pens. Overall, the book was a disappointment.
2.5 stars. I added a star because I feel guilty for giving a feline book a low rating.(less)
Saccharine story lines and blindingly cute illustrations are exactly why I like the Serendipity Books. Little Dragolin struggles to learn how to breat...moreSaccharine story lines and blindingly cute illustrations are exactly why I like the Serendipity Books. Little Dragolin struggles to learn how to breathe fire and his adorable little armadillo friend offers some sage advice. Honestly, if you're in need of sage advice I would go elsewhere, but if you want to relax with some awww-worthy illustrations, it's the perfect book. They need to make Serendipity plushies.(less)