Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Stick Cat ~ Tom Watson review [@HarperChildrens]

Stick Cat: Cats in the City (Stick Cat #2)
Harper Collins
April 25, 2017
224 pages
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*The Kindle version of Stick Cat: A Tale of Two Kitties is currently (4/25) only $1.99

Join Stick Cat and his incomparable sidekick Edith on another dangerous, epic, and hilarious rescue mission in Tom Watson’s Stick Cat: Cats in the City!

With over-the-top fun and humor, this scrumptious story features Tom Watson’s trademark laughs, adventure, and hilarious stick-figure drawings, perfect for fans of the Stick Dog, Big Nate, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.

Stick Cat is going somewhere he’s never been before—his best friend Edith’s apartment. It’s got everything: donut crumbs in the sink, a fire escape, and a window with a great view of the big city. While admiring the view, Stick Cat sees trouble. Hazel, the bagel maker, is in serious danger in the building across the alley. Stick Cat will use his smarts—and Edith’s appetite—to devise a rescue plan. But can Hazel hang on long enough for this dynamic duo to save her?
I do not read a lot of children's books so Stick Cat: Cats in the City was not my usual read (it's for ages 8-12) but it looked cute. It is a fun read and it is cute. While it's the second Stick Cat book, there are only a few mentions of the first book - just enough to make you curious about that adventure but not spoil it if you haven't read it already.

Stick Cat and his friend Edith (who have an interesting way of visiting each other!) are two quite different cats. Stick Cat is more practical and accepting of things while Edith's a bit fussy and quite high maintenance. They're best friends, though, and have to work together if they want to save Hazel of Hazel's Bagels (which they do, but for different reasons).

The way they go about saving Hazel is pretty incredible (and not a little bit dangerous). The difference between Stick Cat's problem solving and planning and Hazel's confusion and focus on food makes for a humorous tale.

Stick Cat: Cats in the City is a book I would have enjoyed reading in elementary school and it is one that older readers can still enjoy if they're reading it to siblings, children, or kids they're babysitting.  (Tom Watson is also the author of the Stick Dog series books.)

finished copy received from publisher for review consideration

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