It's a Catastrophe

Children - Animals
296 Pages
Reviewed on 04/25/2013
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

The story is set in Briarswood Cottage. Buster is the mogfather and Aslana, the surrogate mother. The scene opens with the cats waiting eagerly for the arrival of a new kitten. The initial chapters deal with the day-to-day lives of the cats in the cat house - their camaraderie, squabbles, and their time with friends. Their world is shattered when Mayor Slaker announces to cull the cats because they are spreading catatonic flu and causing deaths. What follows is how they all group together and work hard to make money for the laboratory tests to clear them from the disease. Trying to sell one of the cat's diamond collar to raise money for the laboratory tests and the anxiety that follows when they are told that it is not diamond paces up the story. The Mayor is finally arrested for fraud, theft, embezzling and cruelty to animals.

Whether it is the scars on Buster's face, Smoky, the Captain Jack Sparrow of the cats, Fidget's OCD, Ziggy the herbal doctor for cats or Flurry, the Norwegian Cat, the detailed character sketch of each cat in the story is very endearing, making them stay in our hearts even long after the book is read. I thought the usage of 'cat' terms like Catatonic flu, Catopera, Catetiquette, Cat Nam, Cateopathist, and Cat Vogue is very innovative and it creates a whole new cat society. The story carries undertones of friendship, love, responsibility, duty and trust. It is a fun read for children.