Fearless Felines: 30 True Tales of Courageous Cats – written by Kimberlie Hamilton, illustrated by: many

  Fearless Felines: 30 True Tales of Courageous Cats – written by Kimberlie Hamilton, illustrated by: Allie Runnion, Andrew Gardner, Becky Davies, Charlotte Archer, Emma Jayne, Holly Sterling, Hui Skipp, Jessica Smith, Katie Wilson, Lily Rossiter, Michelle Hird, Nan Lawson, Olivia Holden, Rachel Allsop, Rachel Sanson, Bonnie Pang, and Sam Loman, Scholastic Press, 9781338355833, 2019

Format: Paperback (uncorrected proof)

Rating:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? This unique text is bursting with feline facts and interesting profiles. It opens with a colorful timeline of the history of cats and proceeds to detail the lives of some thirty-odd notable felines from a variety of time periods and geographical locations. Each two-page spread includes a well-researched narrative and a full-page color illustration.  Between each entry, the author has sprinkled pages telling of mystical felines, book suggestions featuring cats, and record-breaking felines – all of which have a connection to the cat previously featured. Each of the felines is remarkable in his own right: crime solvers, “First Cats” who lived in the Whitehouse, and a school mascot to name a few. Feline lovers will enjoy reading about each of the cats and their contributions. The book also includes a useful glossary, index, and a comprehensive section that includes a biographical blurb for each of the contributing illustrators. Although the text has a large contingent of illustrators, the drawings flow nicely and are vibrant and playful.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Anyone who is a fan of cats or enjoys exploring history in unconventional ways.

Who should buy this book? Elementary, Middle, or public libraries

Where would you shelve it? 636

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA

Date of review: 9/7/19

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