Baguette knows he can travel in time, but can he save the nine lives of all of catkind?
Ginger cat Baguette lives on the 12th floor with the Petrov family. Not long ago he traveled in time to rescue Polina from the Land of Good Girls. He is in love with stray cat Purriana, but in order to marry her, Baguette must complete a “lover’s feat.” Purriana takes him to see her great-great-grandmother, who is an oracle and a member of the Council of Six, the mystical ruling body of all cats. Great-great-grandmother tells Baguette of Catlantis, where ancient cats lived in paradise thanks to the god Pussiedon. Baguette must use the time-travel magic all pure ginger cats have to go back and retrieve a Catlantic flower and bestow nine lives on all modern cats—many cat powers having been lost in the cat-aclysms and cat-astrophy that destroyed Catlantis. Purriana has another suitor, black-magic–using Noir, who, like his black-furred progenitors, wants all the cat powers for himself. Journalist Starobinets, mostly known in Russia as a writer of horror and dystopian fiction for adults, has been compared to Philip K. Dick, Stephen King, and her countryman Gogol. Her first title for youngsters translated into English is a trippy, silly tale of cat magic, folklore, and love. (It is also a companion to an earlier book about Polina, a fact that may momentarily disorient readers.) Bugaeva’s punny translation will make this a fine read-aloud.
A must for those seeking culturally diverse literary experiences. (Fantasy. 7-12)