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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
A Tuxedo Cat Christmas: The Christmas Cat Book #2 by Peter Scottsdale is a touching short story. Darla and Ken haven’t kept a cat since Red, their previous cat, died and now they are ready for a new one. Chelsea, their nine-year-old daughter is excited and she wants a Tuxedo cat for Christmas. There are two Tuxedo cats for adoption at the SPCA. They finally decide on Capone, a nine-month-old one who had his front paws declawed. Capone is taken to their home on Christmas Eve as it's Chelsea’s Christmas gift. But then things suddenly change when Capone is being taken home. Chelsea’s small world is shattered when she loses her father. Now she is left with her mother and Capone and has to start living her life minus her father. She holds a small grudge against Capone, blaming him for her father’s death but her mother makes her understand that Capone is her father’s last gesture of love.
It’s a great story that will leave readers teary-eyed. It’s definitely a story for all cat lovers and the book has its moments of joy and sorrow. It captures the essence of the Christmas season and winter beautifully and also the pain of loss. Capone steals the show; he’s funny, cute, and naughty, and reminds them of Ken. The narration is detailed which makes the story visual and alive. The readers will feel glad that Darla and Chelsea found Capone to bring some color into their lives. The book is adorable and one need not be a cat lover to enjoy the story.