3 out of 4 stars
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Diary of a Snoopy Cat is a fantastic tale of a Siberian kitten named Inca. Paired with fun and delightful illustrations by Jorge Valle, R.F. Kristi’s book is children’s book for all ages.
Inca is a Siberian kitty who has move to London from Paris with her family. There she makes a variety of new friends including Monk; a Russian Blue and Terrance, a Golden Retriever (what a dog and cat as friends??). During a meeting one evening, Inca discovers Terrence and his Human Solo have taken on a quest to find Raoul, a friend of Solo’s who has gone missing in the Himalayas. With Terrence gone Inca now has to solve the case of Mr. Finchley’s missing will. But can she do this on her own? Can she crack the case and save the day, or does she really need the Golden Retriever’s help?
This is the fifth book in the Inca book series and many of the characters appear in previous books. But have no fear the beginning of the book provides readers with a brief memory jog of these characters and what has happened in other books. This enables readers to read Diary of a Snoopy Cat as a stand-alone book, the previous four do not need to be read first. It has a gentle flow and ease to the reading. It is easy for children to get into the story and fully understand what is going on. While there are two main stories in this book, it is easy to keep track of what is going on in each tale.
Children will easily find this book a delight to read or be read to them. It is a tale that will spark an interest in young readers for mystery and adventure. Reading through the book, readers will seem small themes of friendship and acceptance. Kristi does this in a way that seems natural and doesn’t shove the thoughts down one’s throat so to speak. Kristi’s writing makes reading fun and exciting for children, and even adults as they read this to their children.
It is nice when a series reminds readers of what has happened in previous novels and of characters we’ve already met. But in Diary of a Snoopy Cat, characters were introduced that did not come into play during the story, which made me wonder why even mention them in the first place? I did like that Inca expressed her desire to solve the mystery on her own, to show that she could do it without help. This gives readers something they can relate too. Overall, I give this book a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. It was a delight to read, but there were inconsistencies with sentence structure and how the pets referred to their owners, i.e mom and dad verses owner or humanoid. Kids might not be able to grasp the idea of humanoid. It was a lot of fun to read.
Diary of a Snoopy Cat
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