What is this “school” place little humans go to? Don’t they realize their feline owners are more important?
The erstwhile stray cat Oliver, formerly known as Mr. Independent (My Pet Human, 2015), can’t get his pet human girl, Freckles, to understand that she should stay home and pay attention to him rather than go to school, so he tags along by hiding in her backpack. Oliver uses that cat-patented big-eyed “Look” to charm the adult humans at school, but he ends up having to stay with Mrs. Sinclair, the adviser of the Fur-ever Friends Club…and that leads to Freckles’ joining the club. This has two unpleasant outcomes: Freckles fosters a kitten who has no respect for Oliver’s boundaries, and both Oliver and the kitten must participate in a talent-show fundraiser for a local shelter. Too many treats and hot lights spell disaster at the talent show for Oliver, but all works out for the best in the end. Surovec’s second tale of Oliver and his pet human will entertain fans of the first. Large text, ample black-and-white cartoon illustrations, and plenty of dialogue in talk bubbles will keep the pages turning in this tale of feline friendship. (In the cartoons, all human characters have paper-white skin, but there are variations in hair color and texture.)
Sure to please newly independent readers who are pussycat pals. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 6-9)