Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a starred review) 4
Genre: early chapter book
What did you like about the book? In this story, Emma enjoys taking riding lessons at a local stable, but she is just as interested in the cats that live in the barn. When her favorite cat, Midnight, disappears for several days, Emma is relieved and thrilled to discover her in an old horse stall–with a litter of kittens. Emma’s parents allow her to adopt one of the kittens, but the transition to living in a house with a family is not an easy one for the little wild kitten, Sammy. This book realistically depicts some of the difficulties the family faces as Sammy adjusts to his new home. The happy ending is guaranteed, of course, but it is always gratifying when a book for this age group honestly addresses some of the pitfalls of pet ownership along with the joys.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No, this is a sweet series.
To whom would you recommend this book? Read Alikes? Recommend to animal-loving early chapter book readers, along with the Animal Rescue Center series by Tina Nolan and the Puppy Place series by Ellen Miles.
Who should buy this book? Elementary schools and public libraries should find this series popular
Where would you shelve it ? Early chapter books or series books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Renée Wheeler, Leominster Public Library, Leominster, MA
Date of review: Dec. 23, 2016