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It's a Catastrophe

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  13 reviews
For Disney story lovers everywhere!

Think Cats & Dogs meets Toy Story…

Warning! Contains fur-raising adventure, wacky characters, laugh out loud comedy, and heart-warming drama.

The cats at Briarswood Cottage are lucky. After being rescued from the local Cats’ Home by Ma Katz, they live out their days in luxury under the watchful eye of Buster, the mogfather. But all th
Paperback, 294 pages
Published November 21st 2012 by Createspace (first published November 10th 2012)
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Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I really enjoyed 'It's a Catastrophe' by Sibel Hodge – even if it is aimed at children. I found myself chuckling to myself as I read it. I am not sure of the appropriate age group as I don't have any experience in this area, but I think it would be suitable for all ages from older children onwards. It transcends age; as an adult I still loved it.

The characterisations are brilliant and the exploits great. It is a very entertaining book and a must for cat lovers. I will certainly be reading it aga
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In a uniquely crafted book that utilizes the animals and situations they encounter to illustrate problem solving for real world issues that far too many children encounter. Never preachy or speaking down to the reader, the author has cleverly substituted the creatures into daily human interactions, and uses their unique voices and characterizations to further illustrate solutions and approaches to each other and working with one another to benefit all.

Each character is not only beautifully illu
Unorthodox Mama
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved it's a catastrophe. I admit I was a bit reluctant. I wasn't sure how a book could claim think cats and dogs meet toy story and pull it off. But to my surprise that's exactly what the book did.

The book included colour photos of the cats in the beginning of the book which was such a sweet touch.

It really helped get a feel for the different cats, and their personalities.

I was really impressed with how well this book flowed. Conversations between the cats felt completely normal. Like a conve
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
The cats of the Katz household have a dilemma. The mayor of their town wants to destroy all the cats at the rescue home because they have a TERRIBLE disease known as “catatonic flu” . The Katz’s cats and the Katz family need to stop the cat-hating mayor and prove that the cats at the rescue home really aren’t sick.

This was an interesting book. The cat characters were a lot like humans (but they didn’t talk to the humans). I like the action in the story. The character’s were realistic (maybe too
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s a Catastrophe by Sibelle Hodge is a charming book intended primarily for children, but enjoyable for cat lovers of any age. It is a cautionary tale of the evils of greed and bigotry of any type, with hard work on the part of the Katz cats saving the day. The illustrations of the cat main characters are very cute, but it is the author’s clearly delineated different characters that make the story. It was interesting to see many human problems replicated in the world of the cats, which were ad ...more
M.A. Comley
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well Sibel Hodge has done it again!

It's a Catastrophe is a really fun read for both young and old. I loved the play on words throughout the story with certain situations and some of the cat's names will make you smile and grimace, in particular 'kitler' :-)

The mystery part of the novel definitely rivals any of of Sibel's Amber Fox series which I have enjoyed immensely over the years.

A wonderfully funny read that will have you grinning from ear to ear in parts, no matter how old you are. By the e
Viv Ross
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
First off I won my copy of this book via a giveaway hosted by Goodreads.

When I began reading this book I was not sure I would like it despite the tantalizing and fun synopsis. However, After I got through what I had initially deemed "fluff," I realized that the "fluff" had a purpose. It draws you in, connects you to the characters, and gives you that emotional investment to their plight. I am very glad to have had the chance to read this book and I can hardly wait for my son to be old enough for
Chris The Story Reading Ape
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Anyone who thinks cats are actually little furry people will thoroughly enjoy this story and probably relate to some of the characters involved.

Don't blame the author though if you suddenly get the urge to have more than one cat in your home :)
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you’re a cats and dogs lover you will love this book.
Linda Harley
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is a quaint story of several cats with unique characteristics, that come together to save the cat kingdom from a nasty mayor who wants all cats exterminated. There is a lot of humor in the story, is definitely appropriate for kids of all ages. However, I had a difficult time getting into the story as it start of real slow. The first third of the book is spent in getting to know all the cats and their unique personalities, and therefore is completely focused on character development. About h ...more
Sep 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
In the tradition of other books with an animal cast “It’s a Catastrophe” is told from the view of animals. Mostly cats as the titles suggest. And there are plenty of great books told from a cat’s view. Sadly, this isn't one of them.

To start with characters are introduced too quickly and their descriptions are too bland. Generally for the younger set this wouldn't be a huge problem. But considering this book has on my reader 369 pages I feel there is more than a little room for longer and slightl
Jun 09, 2013 rated it liked it
I didn't think this book was ever going to end. I was reading it with my daughter each night and every time there should have been a resolution, it just kept going. Some of the characters were funny though and my daughter liked it so I can't judge it too harshly.
Judy Breckenridge
Quirky, but fun

Enjoyed, but have to admit it was quirky but fun story about cats and what they say to each other.
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Sibel Hodge is the author of the #1 Bestsellers Look Behind You, Untouchable, and Duplicity. Her books have sold over one million copies and are international bestsellers in the UK, USA, Australia, France, Canada and Germany. She writes in an eclectic mix of genres, and is a passionate human and animal rights advocate.

Her work has been nominated and shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the H

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