The Secret Kitten by Holly Webb, illustrated by Sophy Williams

hw__0005_hw30_secretkitten_c The Secret Kitten by Holly Webb, illustrated by Sophy Williams, Tiger Tales, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-68010-400-4

Format:  paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a starred review) 4

Genre: early chapter book

What did you like about the book? This is another sweet story in the Pet Rescue Adventures series, featuring a sympathetic main character and an endearing stray animal. Alicia has just moved into her grandmother’s home with her father and little brother. She is anxious about starting a new school and making new friends. She also thinks she will be unable to have a pet because she believes her grandmother does not like animals. When she finds a timid stray kitten, she and her brother initially try to hide it in Alicia’s room. This does not work for long, but thankfully everything is resolved happily in the end . Alicia and her kitten will both appeal to young readers. The winsome cover art and soft pencil illustrations enhance the story even more.

Anything you didn’t like about it? This is an appealing series for children who love animals and like happy endings where the main character ends up with a pet of his or her own. I do wish the book addressed some of the more practical matters related to adopting a stray kitten, such as the number of shots required in the first few months of a kitten’s life.

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: December 23, 2016

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