4 out of 4 stars
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Diary of a Snoopy Cat by R.F. Kristi is the book number five in the children's series The Inca Cat Detective, The main characters are the kitties: Inca, their siblings Cara and Fromage, and Monk, Solo's cat. The doggies are Terrance, Polo, and Boss and the hamster is Charlotte. Mom and Aunt Florence are the humans in Inca's family. The story centers on two plotlines, the first revolves around Ned, Boss's owner. He is about to lose his house because Mr. Finchley's will has mysteriously vanished. Mr. Finchley had willed the house to Ned who has lived with him since he was four. Cyril nicknamed the Stinky Porkster was Mr. Finchley's nephew. He had seized the house and asked Ned to vacate it. Inca and her gang decide to help Boss to regain the will and therefore save Ned from going to the streets and losing Boss.
In parallel, the other plot swirls around Raoul, the Señora's husband, who disappeared on a trip to the Himalayas in Nepal. The famed detective Solo was informed that Raoul seems to have appeared in a village near the Himalayas. Solo, his assistant Hobbs, and his dog Terrance decide to make the dangerous trip to Nepal to try to bring Raoul back.
In this installment, the gang officially decides to name the detective agency Inca & Company. Will Inca and her friends find the will? Was Raoul the man found near the Himalayas? Can they bring him back?
The story is narrated from the beginning from Inca's point of view, even when the characters are described. It is supposed to be based on the diary Inca wrote. The vocabulary is simple and properly for children. Although some words seem untypical for me.
One of the aspects that I liked the most was that several plotlines were handled simultaneously. Initially, I thought the book was going to focus on Raul's disappearance but then the issue of Mr. Finchley's will arouse and other subplots came up. This caused the book more entertaining since it kept you pending on what may happen on each of the plots. I also liked the story was unpredictable as there were interesting twists.
In my opinion, it was adequate the story took place in the days before and during Christmas, this made it especially striking for children. The book transmitted good messages and teachings regarding features like the importance of friendship, teamwork, and helping others no matter if they have maintained inappropriate behavior in the past.
I did not encounter something that I disliked or any negative aspect to comment on. Illustrations are cleverly crafted and properly located throughout the book. They are pleasant and attractive to children. The edition was professional since I scarcely observed two minor details that did not disturb the reading at all. In accordance with everything said, I rate Diary of a Snoopy Cat with 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to children who already know how to read, parents of young kids, and kindergarten teachers. Plus, it would be enjoyable for those who are seeking for a children's reading with good teachings.
Diary of a Snoopy Cat
Diary of a Snoopy Cat
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