Grady the Gray Cat

Children - Animals
28 Pages
Reviewed on 11/14/2010
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Author Biography

Lori is a business professor who lives in Louisville, KY. Her degrees include:

Master of Business Administration
Master of Arts in Management
Master of Arts in Media Communication
Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

She is also a wanna-be photographer.

An avid traveler, Lori has visited all 50 U.S. states as well as 55+ other countries.

Her next trip will be in 2016 when she visits Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Bali, Bangkok, Australia, and New Zealand.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boiling for Readers' Favorite

Lori Moore begins her book by introducing readers to Grady. Grady has a new toy fire truck with siren, lights, and a horn. Grady likes to play pretend and slides down his imaginary fire pole. This is a flip me book. The other story is Grady the Cat story. Grady lived in a cage in a store. He was very sad and lonely until one day a nice couple adopted him. He not only had a new mommy and daddy but two new sisters. Grady likes to drink his water from the faucet. Grady's new family loves him, and he loves them.

Grady the Gray Cat Gets a Toy Fire Truck/Grady the Gray Cat Gets Adopted by Lori A. Moore is a delightful book for children. Currently, one of my grandsons is fascinated by fire trucks. He quickly latched on to my copy of this book. The illustrations are well done. The plot is cute and enticing to children. You can also download the audio book for this story. Children will want to hear this story over and over.


My 5 year old son, Noah, absolutely loves this book. Most children's books have too little content, but this one has just the right amount for reading to him as a bedtime story while he looks at the pictures.


I had so much fun reading this book . . . and not even to my great-grandchildren, but just for myself.

Cheri Powell

Grady is a rescued cat who flurishes in his new environment. Told in charming verse, the story unfolds as grady meets his new family, including two 'sister' cats and two humans. The story follows Grady through the emotions of meeting the new family and the things he does to make himself at home - playing with yarn, watching birds out the window and opening the kitchen cabinets to explore. The book has a bonus "flip-over" story about Grady getting a toy fire truck and fantisizing about being a fireman. It is a book to be enjoyed by children of all ages.

Andrea V. Palmer

What an adorable children's book told in rhyme with two beautiful stories about Grady the Cat. Perfect for my five-year-old godson who now also wants to adopt a gray cat.

Aileen Stewart

This adorable flip-it-over book offers two stories about Grady the gray cat. Side one tells the story of Grady's adoption, and side two offers the story of Grady's new toy firetruck. Told in rhyme, this book is an excellent choice for a read-aloud to young children. Ms. Moore did an excellent job of making me wonder what will happen to Grady next!

Sergio Hidalgo

This book was a surprise treat for myself and my 5 year old girl. The writing is witty and rhymes throughout the book. This was a definite plus as my daughter and I were both able to read it together. It made reading for her fun and entertaining. The illustrations were also excellent, very vintage and classic. Also a nice plus is that there are two books in one. These two books reminded me of when I use to read with my mom at night growing up. A definite must read.

Tracy Schooler

The stores about Grady the Gray Cat have quickly become favorites in my household. My daughter loves stories about cats, and when I’m reading aloud to her I prefer books that are fun to read. The Grady the Gray Cat stories fit the bill perfectly. This book is actually two stories in one. The first is Grady the Gray Cat Gets Adopted, and the second is Grady the Gray Cat Gets a Toy Fire Truck. These books are perfect for preschool age kids, and have no objectionable content. The books share a lesson, but not in the way that it detracts from the story or overwhelms the child with moral complexities. The enjoyment of the story involves the adventures of the cute little cat. The art is colorful and fits the tone of the story perfectly. The stories are written in rhyme, which kids always love. I know my daughter hopes that Grady has many more adventures in the future. Highly recommended!

Agnes Widelka

Being a mother of three, I have read a lot of children stories over the course of my lifetime. As most parents know, finding a book which is fun for the both the parent and the child to read can sometimes be difficult. I can, however, honestly say that Grady the Gray Cat will warm your heart and the heart of your child.

The rhyming scheme, along with the adorable artwork, within the book will definitely be pleasing to the eyes and ears of your child. If you own a cat, chances are that your child has seen your cat do most of the behaviors described throughout the book. Your child can easily relate to the story because of this, and it will keep their short attention spans riveted to the story.

To sum it up, the book is about a kitty who gets adopted by a family and then goes about to describe life with his new family. If you have not picked up this book to read to your child, than I highly recommend you do so. I mean, who does not like reading stories about kitties?

Bill From Philly

A very enjoyable read. This is a “flip book”, so there are actually two stories in one. They will entertain young readers/pre-readers, especially animal lovers. Both are about the author’s very playful and curious cat “Grady”, named for his gray fur. “Grady the Gray Cat Gets Adopted” tells how Grady was picked from among the many cats at the animal shelter and the many things he’s discovered since he joined the Moore family. The second is about Grady’s wish for a toy fire truck. Both stories are written entirely in simple and often funny verse. As anyone who grew up on Dr. Seuss knows, using rhyme is a great way to introduce children to written language. It comes with an audio download, too, which I haven’t tried. The illustrations are fun and colorful, though I did not see a credit for them.

Tracy D.

Grady the Gray Cat is a perfect story for the preschool age child. As a parent, I appreciate the story’s poignant, relatable, and reassuring message. As a literacy educator, I see several benefits including: a familiar and engaging character, a rhyming text structure that creates an oral fluency beneficial to emerging readers, and charming illustrations that bring the story to life. As Grady’s adventures continue in Grady the Gray Cat Gets a Toy Fire Truck, children will love and connect to the character even more, seeing themselves reflected in the story. These stories will make an excellent addition to any home or classroom library and will quickly become ones that children want to read over and over.

Chris CC Kwok

Lori A Moore’s children book Grady the Crazy Cat is a handsomely illustrated book. It describes the life of a very fortunate cat who gets adopted by ‘Mom and Dad ’, two humans of course. He is a gray-colored cat that joins the family that includes two other female cats taken in earlier by Mom and Dad.

The first part of the story tells how Grady was adopted. Mom and Dad saw him in a cage and were instantly touched by his pathetic situation and they decided to adopt him. Somehow small animals (puppies and kittens especially) evoke in us feelings of sympathy and love – yes, love. The second part of the book describes the adventures (and misadventures) of Grady when his uncle Andy gives him a toy fire-truck. Grady now plays the fire-man and is now immersed in dreams of becoming fire-fighting hero like his uncle.

I think this is a book to be recommended to young and impressible readers. The drawings show an adorable cat that is both cute and mischievous. The story is written in rhythmic verses and the vocabulary is quite suitable for preschool to elementary school children. Although the book contains some typographical errors (e.g. p 7 ‘Aja, she was the oldest (sic) of the girls – it should have been ‘the older of the girls; and p12 ‘When Grady runs, his tail sticks like an antennae (sic) – it should have been ‘antenna’ as ‘antennae’ is the plural for ‘antenna’) they do not mar the overall quality of the book.