Finnigan the Circus Cat

Children - General
161 Pages
Reviewed on 10/20/2016
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Author Biography

Mary T. Wagner is a former newspaper and magazine journalist who changed careers at the age of forty by going to law school and becoming a criminal prosecutor. However, she never could step away from the written word entirely, and inevitably the joy of writing drew her back to the keyboard.

After making a name for herself writing essay collections like "Running with Stilettos" and "When the Shoe Fits" for grownups, she was inspired to start the "Finnigan" series of children's chapter books by the real life Finnigan who was a rescue kitten that her son and his wife adopted. There is a lot of the real Finnigan's personality and looks in this plucky fictional feline, and Wagner looks forward to more adventures involving Finnigan and his best friends, the circus mice Leroy and Maximillian.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Finnigan the Circus Cat (Volume 1) by Mary T. Wagner is an entertaining story that revolves around Finnigan, the cat, and Max and Leroy, the mice. Things change for Max and Leroy, the two mice cousins who have been living at the Farnsworth Circus Museum, when the once quiet place is occupied by a new generation of the Farnsworth family and their dog, Boomer. What scares them most is when Lucy, the eight-year-old daughter, brings in their enemy, a cat! She hides the cat in the barn as her dad is allergic to cats. Will Max and Leroy be able to become friends with Finnigan, the cat?

This heartwarming story will win the hearts of all animal lovers. It’s a story of friendship, trust, and overcoming fears, and young readers will be able to connect well with it. All the characters are well portrayed and they are real, memorable, and relatable. The silly moments between Max and Leroy, the unlikely friendships the mice form with Boomer, the dog, and Finnigan, the cat, and the surprises in the story will fascinate readers till the very end. The narration is detailed and descriptive, making the scenes and characters come alive. I wish the author had some illustrations to make it even more engaging for young readers.

The book is good for bedtime story-telling and can also be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. The adventures, the danger, the intrigue, and the fun in the story make it a delightful read.