3 out of 4 stars
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The Story of Kasper by Vickie Eiland is a children’s chapter book about a little white kitten named Kasper. The author found Kasper when she drove to a customer’s plant one day. When she opened her car door to get out, Kasper got in. She realized that he was a stray trying to find a home and decided that she would help him with his mission. After keeping him in the garage for a while and failing to find a home for him, the Eilands decided that Kasper would join their family. The story details his hijinks and shenanigans from hunting mice in the kitchen to preying on ornaments on the tree.
Much like the author, I was immediately won over by Kasper. Most animal lovers have encountered strays and tried (or succeeded) at adopting them. Kasper’s story is one of the successes, and it’s great to hear about a little stray finding his forever home. The short chapters focus on active descriptions of Kasper’s capers and are sure to keep readers engaged.
My biggest complaint about this book is that I’m not sure what age groups it’s suitable for. The vocabulary is a little advanced and is probably appropriate for advanced readers finishing elementary school or average readers in middle school. However, the book is short (about 60 pages) and doesn’t have the complicated plot or conflict that middle school readers look for. It also only includes a few pictures of Kasper at the end of a couple of the chapters.
Overall, I would rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The author’s love for Kasper shines through in her writing, and any reader is sure to fall for him too. If the author had simplified the vocabulary and added more pictures to make this book appropriate for a younger audience, then I would have been able to give it the full four stars. It appears to be professionally edited, but the formatting does have issues, as I found a few pages where the text ended halfway up the page with the rest of the page being left blank for no apparent reason.
I would recommend this book to parents of advanced readers in elementary school or average readers in middle school. It would be especially good for kids who love animals, but parents should be aware that, after reading this book, kids might just go find their own little Kasper!
The Story of Kasper
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