3 out of 4 stars
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Feisty Crazy Old Cat is a children’s book by Jerry J. Colbert. It is the story of a boxer who finds a stray cat while working out at the gym. He takes the cat home. Initially, the cat seems very fond of the boxer, following him as he goes for a run. But then one night as the boxer is falling asleep, the cat challenges him to a boxing match, which the cat wins.
The boxer wakes up the next day with a black eye. Each night, the cat causes trouble for the boxer, so the boxer decides to rig up a trap door at the bottom of the cat’s litter box. However, he later recants this decision.
The book is suitable for children of all ages. The pictures are fun and colorful. The text is easy to read. There is some cartoon violence but nothing that should be upsetting in any way. Younger children will want someone to read the story to them, but school-aged kids who have started reading will likely be able to read it for themselves.
The story appeared to be professionally edited. There were no typos or misspelled words. The author wanted to impart the idea that it is worthwhile to give animals a chance, even those that might not warm up to us right away. Some animals have had difficult lives, and it might take them a while to be able to start trusting people.
I give Feisty Crazy Old Cat three out of four stars. I enjoyed the concept of the book and believe that children will find it entertaining. I liked the illustrations and the concept of the cat besting the human in a boxing match was amusing. However, I felt like the story was lacking something.
I feel like the story could have provided a few more details to make it seem complete. Was the boxer dreaming about the cat fighting with him? Was he tired because the cat was having trouble adjusting to living with a person when it had been feral for so long? Also, how would the trap door in the bottom of the cat box work?
Overall, the book has a good message about being patient with less than perfect older animals and giving them a chance to adjust. I think that the author could solidify this message by adding just a bit more to the book to give it a feeling of completion.
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