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Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl

(Neddie & Friends #3)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  389 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Big Audrey is a girl . . .
with cat s whiskers . . .
and sort of cat s eyes.
But, is there an other cat-whiskered, sort of cat-eyed girl?

Big Audrey waves goodbye to her friends Iggy and Neddie, Seamus, and Crazy Wig, in Los Angeles and hitches a ride with bongo-playing-while-driving Marlon Brando across the country to Poughkeepsie, New York, city of mystery. She finds she
Hardcover, 268 pages
Published June 7th 2010 by Houghton Mifflin (first published January 1st 2010)
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Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Pinkwater is one-of-a-kind. I love his work in small doses - especially his picturebooks about Irving and Muktuk. His novels for young teens, well, I dunno. I couldn't get into the first book of this series, The Neddiad: How Neddie Took the Train, Went to Hollywood, and Saved Civilization, but since this one starts with a recap explanation and so does stand alone, I decided to try it. Anyway, I've not much to say. I like & admire but won't remember & don't want more. :shrug:

Oh, except I do like
Sep 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopias
if i am very, very good, then someday when i die i will be reincarnated inside a daniel pinkwater book. as one of the odd characters, of course, not the dreaded normal ones.
Daniel Pinkwater is a genius!
Madeline O'Rourke
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-reads
As with any Pinkwater, Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl was a bizarre delight.

I love that each of the books in this series, whilst absolutely feeling like a series, are quite distinct from one another in style and their particular brand of bizarre. Here, that meant aliens and alternate planes of existence, as opposed to the ghosts and rock heists of the other books. And I really liked it! It was fun, I liked the main characters, and I really liked the supporting cast.

After the modelling of t
Jul 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
An interesting book, way outside my wheelhouse. This is a fun, quirky, light read, unlike anything I've read before, that I can recall. I think someone is going to be stoked to find it in my little free library. Interesting book, for sure. 3 star. ...more
Victoria Whipple
Sep 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tcp, thms, adventure, friends, humor
How does one describe this book? This is a companion book to The Neddiad and The Yggysy, where we first met Audry, the cat-whiskered girl. Audrey arrived in Los Angeles through a portal from another dimension, then hitched a ride to Poughkeepsie, NY with Marlon Brando. Once in Poughkeepsie, Audrey befriends some interesting characters, some with questionable sanity. One of the things I love about Pinkwater's books is not only that his characters are so odd (yet so familiar) but that they are not ...more
Sarah Sammis
Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"Incidentally, I don't know how late you were planning to stay, but there is an excellent film this evening The Snake Pit. It's a wonderful comedy. I've seen it several times." p. 40.

Big Audrey has her own quest in Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl by Daniel Pinkwater. She hitches a ride from Los Angeles to Poughkeepsie, New York and there she finds clues to her true identity.

This book is like the Shutter Island for middle graders and tweens. What appears to be real isn't necessarily real and
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable surrealistic adventure story, by turns touching, comedic, and downright odd. If you enjoyed The Phantom Tollbooth and the works of Douglas Adams and Lemony Snicket, chances are you'll like this too. It had been quite a while since I had read the previous books in this series, so it took me a little while to catch on to who some of the characters were.

The story has a sort-of dreamlike quality, rambling and illogical, borrowing snatches of fairy tales and other tropes as it goes. But
Kelly McCubbin
Mar 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Let me start by saying that Daniel Pinkwater is a national treasure. Funny, absurd, nostalgic and ridiculous (in the best way), he is a writer that speaks to much of the best of what is unique about this country. That said, this loose sequel to his Yggyssey and Nediad is a little too disjointed for my tastes. It's not that it isn't funny, it has a good laugh on almost every page, but without ever really settling in on a through line other than that we don't know what the Cat-Whiskered Girl reall ...more
Priya Sridhar
Jun 06, 2015 rated it liked it
I think this book is for the people that recall the nonsense of Alice in Wonderland and The Phantom Tollbooth. Daniel Pinkwater then mixes in mythology, folklore, and cinema history to make for a whirlwind of a ride. I definitely recommend reading it. :)
Kitty Jay
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
You know those people who think that random equals funny? The ones who think that saying "Banana couch!" has the same devastating wit as a finely placed bon mot from Dorothy Parker's pen?

This book reminded me a lot of them.

Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl follows Big Audrey - although throughout the novel she is referred to almost exclusively as just Audrey, so there's that - as she shifts planes of existence to end up in Poughkeepsie. Here she works at a bookstore dedicated to UFO enthusiasts
Dan Blackley
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
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Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
UFO's, apple fritters, a cat-whiskered girl, and different planes of existence. Pinkwater is a sure fire guarantee for smart silly fun. ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Uber silly but entertaining adventure story featuring slipstream worlds and apple fritters (and always chickens).
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book !! I read it in grade 6
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Not quite as good as the Yggyssey in my opinion. Like all the other books in this series, it starts slow and then suddenly gets crazy in the last 20 pages and then it's over. ...more
Jun 11, 2019 added it
Shelves: fantasy
Thoroughly silly and fun.
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Pinkwater, D. (2010). Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl. New York: Houghton Mifflin.

268 pages.

Appetizer: Big Audrey is from another plane of existence. She had been visiting Los Angeles but has since relocated to Poughkeepsie, where she works at a UFO bookshop.

While visiting the local insane asylum, she befriends a girl named Molly who has a tendency to notice things that others don't. They go in search to find aliens and while meeting a number of quirky characters (including an old wise woman,
Mar 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
Note: This review concerns an advanced reading copy. There may have been changes made to the published version.

This is maybe the dumbest book I have ever read. Normally when starting off a review with a statement like that, this would be the point where I explain why being dumb is actually a good thing, but in this case, it isn't. This novel is simply pointless and, in my estimation, poorly written.

I will give it one point of praise: despite this being apparently the third in a series I have no
Amy L. Campbell
Jul 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Note: Free Advanced Reader Copy received at ALA 2010 from publisher.

For a fairly lighthearted adventure, this story packs some pretty heavy concepts. I appreciate that Pinkwater is both willing and able to expose young minds to concepts like alternate planes of existence, destiny, and existentialism without dumbing it down OR making it boring is downright incredible. And this is exactly the right age to expose people to these concepts, as their brains have not hardened into tight little balls of
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Weird. Random. Strange.
Jul 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Pinkwater, Daniel. (2010). Adventures of a cat-whiskered girl. New York: Houghton Mifflin.

Category: Science fiction, humorous stories

Big Audrey has cat-like whiskers and cat-shaped eyes and comes from a different "plane of existence". She travels cross country with Marlon Brando (one of the few clues that this story is set in the 1950's) from Los Angeles. She gets out randomly in Poughkeepsie, NY, not being able to tak Brando's bongo playing. She gets a job at a UFO bookstore and stays with owne
May 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Often children who love to read have an author who captured their imagination and made them fall in love with the written word. Daniel Pinkwater is that author for me. I read his Lizard Music when I was in 4th grade. I was lucky enough to meet him when he visited The Worthington Public Library on High Street in Old Worthington as a child. His latest work, The Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl, is full of bizarre characters and strange happenings. Big Audrey, like the title suggests, has whisker ...more
Apr 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Sweet and a bit too quirky for me to follow. Perhaps I needed to read the Neddiad and the Yggdessey to understand why cat-whiskered Audrey decides to make her home on this plane of existence (Evan though I loved her explanation of multiple coexisting planes of existence as a house with multiple levels, with different families living on each level, unaware of the other floors, and thinking they're the only ones living in the house). The story centers on Audrey's attempt to find the cat-whiskered ...more
Jun 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: msba
Big Audrey, the Cat-Whiskered Girl, finds herself on a different plane of existence in this companion book to the Yggyssey and the Neddiad. Unsure of how or why she got there, she lands a job at a local bookstore (UFO Bookstop) because the owners believe her to be an alien. She meets interesting (and lovable) locals who accompany her on a host of adventures trying to solve the mystery of who she is and where she came from. Those who appreciate Pinkwater's off-beat humor (Which I sooooooo do) and ...more
Jun 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Most of this book was quite enjoyable - the puns, silly people (a Professor of Classical Accounting who occasionally checks himself into a madhouse) and adventures made me smile. There were moments, however, when I felt that either the author was reaching for filler or that he was just plain reaching. I also wonder about some of his allusions: if a student were to research Poughkeepsie, based on this book, they'd be disappointed (his tale about Bannerman's Island, on the other hand, is a good in ...more
Mar 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Children of all ages
A tale of many delights. This is the third book in Pinkwater's latest series, so successfully begun in The Neddiad and The Yggyssey, and again he has tantalizingly planted the seeds of a story to follow. This could go on and on! He's really hit a certain pitch here and is humming along quite nicely. The inimitable crackpot fantasy of such of Pinkwater's classic tales as Yobgorgle and Lizard Music is here in full flower, and every few pages I just stop and laugh out loud, but he seems to be comfo ...more
Pinkwater. Every few books should be a Pinkwater. Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl did not disappoint. Bonus references to the 2000 year old man and Maurice Sendak!

One of the things I really love about Pinkwater is his way of making ordinary places superfantastic. Hoboken has giant chickens and hero librarians, wherever Victor lives (haven't read Lizard Music in a few years) has jazz-virtuoso outer space lizards and clairvoyant chickens, as well as big sisters who conveniently go out of town s
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
I borrowed the kindle version of this juvenile-classified book from the library based on the title, hoping to read it on a trip to our 7 year old granddaughter. She is an avid cat lover, loves to pretend she is a wild cat so it sounded promising. Unfortunately it was definitely not one she would be able to understand or appreciate. As part of a trilogy it did seem to start abruptly and progressed to confusing, but not engaging. I finished reading to see if it might be one for the future but I ca ...more
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
If you liked The Neddiad and The Yggessey, read on. Big Audrey has, whiskers. She and her crazy friends - all have a special mysterious talent or skill- aid and abet her on this journey to find more cat-whiskered people. Some characters are tag-alongs from a psychiatric hospital, some are just strange like Chicken Nancy (one of my fav's). Reading a story likes this gives you hope for...well... the crazy side of life and makes us question "what is real?" Sweet and funny, engaging chara ...more
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Daniel Manus Pinkwater is an author of mostly children's books and is an occasional commentator on National Public Radio. He attended Bard College. Well-known books include Lizard Music, The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, Fat Men from Space, Borgel, and the picture book The Big Orange Splot. Pinkwater has also illustrated many of his books in the past, although for more recent works that ...more

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