Official Review: Shadow's Adventure Home by Kathy Kovar

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Shadow's Adventure Home" by Kathy Kovar.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Shadow is a cat who loves his human family. He also loves watching birds from the windows. Then, he and his family move to a house out in the country with bigger windows! One day, one of his humans leaves the door open, and Shadow knows this is his chance to finally catch those birds he has been staring at for so long. Shadow pounces, runs, and climbs. When Shadow is finally ready to head back home, he’s come so far that he doesn’t know which way home is. Will Shadow ever find his family again?

Shadow’s Adventure Home is written by Kathy Kovar and illustrated by Mardel Rubio. This children’s book is based on the true story of the author’s own cat who went missing for two years. The story is told from Shadow’s perspective in the third-person point of view.

Being a cat person, I loved that the story centers around a cat. The author brought Shadow to life. I could picture Shadow stalking his prey. I was sad when Shadow got lost. Children will easily be able to relate to Shadow.

Another great aspect of the book was the drawings. They look like they are done with colored pencils. The characters look realistic without being over-animated. They are colorful enough to capture a young child’s attention. My favorite picture was one of Shadow hiding under the bed. There are a few more drawings than pages with words, which would be perfect for a younger audience.

The vocabulary is simple; I found no hard words. The only problem I could see is that some of the pages had too many words. While children in kindergarten would enjoy the story, I don’t think they would be able to read that many words on their own. However, it would make a great story to read aloud as a class or in a family.

The book was also exceptionally edited. I found no errors within its pages. I especially appreciate this in a children’s book because they haven’t learned many of the rules yet. It’s nice to set a good example for them to follow.

All in all, I found myself getting attached to Shadow as if he was my own cat. I appreciated the editing, and I loved looking at the pictures. For those reasons, I rate Shadow’s Adventure Home 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it for any elementary-age children; the younger ones might need an adult to read it aloud to them, though.

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I do hope that Shadow will find his family after having a great adventure. It seems like a lovely and educational book. Thank you for your recommendation, and great job!
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raluca_mihaila wrote: 25 Jan 2021, 09:29 I do hope that Shadow will find his family after having a great adventure. It seems like a lovely and educational book. Thank you for your recommendation, and great job!
It's so wonderful. I have a cat myself, and the author really captures the essence of cats. Thanks.
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The drawings in the book caught my attention, I love such illustrations. This will be an interesting book for kids. Thanks for your thorough review.
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Seems like a great children's book. Thanks for the wonderful review!
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Bookishkrish24 wrote: 26 Jan 2021, 10:29 The drawings in the book caught my attention, I love such illustrations. This will be an interesting book for kids. Thanks for your thorough review.
The drawings are lovely, aren't they? I loved Shadow, and I know kids will too. Thanks.
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riyosha wrote: 26 Jan 2021, 12:19 Seems like a great children's book. Thanks for the wonderful review!
It is! Thanks for stopping by!
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Anyone who has a pet would feel bad losing the pet. My pet hasn't been missing before but I can still feel the pain of some of my dear pets
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Eutoc wrote: 28 Jan 2021, 00:13 Anyone who has a pet would feel bad losing the pet. My pet hasn't been missing before but I can still feel the pain of some of my dear pets
I know! I don't know what I'd do if my cat ran out. Thanks.
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As a pet lover this is sad , I hope Shadow finds his way home. The picture looks beautiful and it will catch children’s attention with that cute cat!
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Emms230 wrote: 30 Jan 2021, 04:52 As a pet lover this is sad , I hope Shadow finds his way home. The picture looks beautiful and it will catch children’s attention with that cute cat!
Yes, it is sad. Losing a pet is always so sad. The drawings are lovely. Thanks for commenting.
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A cute cat ✔
A grand adventure ✔
Beautiful illustrations ✔

What more could I ask for? This sounds like my kind of book! Thank you for a wonderful review.
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Josephe-Anne wrote: 01 Feb 2021, 20:09 A cute cat ✔
A grand adventure ✔
Beautiful illustrations ✔

What more could I ask for? This sounds like my kind of book! Thank you for a wonderful review.
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It's a great book. If you like cats, you'll like this. Thanks.
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What a perfect book for children and cat lovers! I appreciated the author's personal information about her cat's reappearance after two years. This looks like a wonderful read. Thanks for the positive and motivational review.
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kdstrack wrote: 08 Feb 2021, 23:01 What a perfect book for children and cat lovers! I appreciated the author's personal information about her cat's reappearance after two years. This looks like a wonderful read. Thanks for the positive and motivational review.
Yes, it's a great book. I loved the cat. I'm so glad mine hasn't gone missing! Thanks.
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