Taking care of a human has its benefits, but is it better than being an unattached pussycat?
A black-and-white kitty who thinks of himself as “Mr. Independent” has his life planned out. He gets great food at the Italian or the Chinese restaurants by using “the Look” on the staff; who can say no to an adorable kitty face? He avoids the animal control officer, and he spends time with his three human-owning friends: dog Ben, cat Farrah, and rat-in-a-plastic-ball George. They try to convince him having a human is a good idea, but Mr. Independent likes having no responsibilities. But when a human family moves in to an abandoned house he frequents, he goes to investigate…and smells macaroni and cheese topped with tuna. He uses the Look, and the cat-loving little human girl gives him treats and falls in love. He starts to see that, with a little training, a pet human might have its advantages. Cartoonist, picture-book author, and cat-channeler Surovec leaps into early chapter books with a cat’s-eye view of life that will make a splendid introduction to longer fiction for young feline fanciers. Each page features a bit of text and an integrated black-and-white cartoon or two.
This series opener is a must for young humans owned by furry masters. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 6-10)