Review by AntonelaMaria -- Diary of a Snoopy Cat

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Review by AntonelaMaria -- Diary of a Snoopy Cat

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Diary of a Snoopy Cat" by R.F. Kristi.]
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1 out of 4 stars
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Diary Of A Snoopy Cat by R.F. Kristi is a children's book and illustrated by Jorge Valle. It is book five in the Inca Cats series.

This is a book based around a mystery with animals as leading characters. We follow the Siberian cat Inca, while she tries to find a missing legal document, that will help her neighbor’s dog Boss save his owner home. In that quest, her helpers are her brother and sister, two other cats, Fromage and Cara, a dwarf hamster Charlotte and another cat, her best friend, named Monk. This curious and adventurous group creates a detective agency. That was Inca’s dream for a long time as she fancies herself quite the detective.

I would describe this book as excessive in many ways. It has too many characters for such a short story. I counted at least 18 of them in this 182 pages long book. Then there is also a dual storyline. I am worried that creates confusion. The fact that the storyline is about missing testament, and missing person, doesn't help my opinion of this being suited for young children. Another thing I need to point out is the way the author portrays the villain in this book. Referring to a character as a stinky porkster or greedy fatso is not something I would wish kids to read about. They describe another character as a simpleton. I would not feel comfortable recommending a book where there is such obvious derogatory name-calling.

I didn’t find any grammatical errors, but the editing was unusual. There was a lot of missing space between sentences. I can explain this, as the author’s style, therefore I will not critique it. I will count this as an excellently edited book, grammar wise. But there is a lot of improvement needed regarding characters and plotlines.

I loved the idea behind the book. A cat who is owning a detective agency and together with her friends solving the mystery is very interesting. Also, the cast of animal characters is very entertaining. However, that is not a reason enough for me to recommend this book to anyone, let alone children, or to rate it higher. Because of all the mentioned reasons, I will rate this book with one out of four stars.

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This definitely doesn't seem to be a book I would want my child to read. I would not want them to pick up the name calling that is used. Thank you for your honest review!
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I love it when animals are the main characters, especially cats. I'd def love to read this book, in spite of its problems. Thanks for the honest review.
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Letora wrote:
27 Jun 2020, 14:45
This definitely doesn't seem to be a book I would want my child to read. I would not want them to pick up the name calling that is used. Thank you for your honest review!
It is weird how many four-star reviews this book has. Glad I could help because I really feel it is not kid-appropriate. Thank you for reading.
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Elvis Best wrote:
27 Jun 2020, 17:38
I love it when animals are the main characters, especially cats. I'd def love to read this book, in spite of its problems. Thanks for the honest review.
I think you will enjoy it. It is just not a book for kids, however mature audiences can find them entertaining. Thank you for reading.
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Inspite of composing such beautiful ideas, seems like the author lacks in the execution department. Appreciate the honest review though.🌸
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