Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
My Cat Ate My Homework by David Blaze is an exciting adventure and fantasy story for young readers. Melissa Morgan is in grade six and not good at math. On Thursday, in school, Melissa cannot answer her math teacher’s question. Melissa is good at every other subject except math. Jennifer, the President of Mathletes, the school math team, stands up and answers. Jennifer and her math army invite Melissa to go and watch them competing in the county math championship the next day. Melissa thinks of asking her friend Joe to help her. She goes to Joe’s house and his cousin Dana opens the door. Though Joe is not at home, she sees her favorite cat in the world, Peanut Butter Jelly. Melissa puts her three-page math assignment on the table for Miss Johnson to see when she comes home. What happens when she gets back to the table surprises her ... because every math question has been answered!
This story is about the problems many children face when it comes to math, friendship, and bullying. The fantastical happenings in the story will make children curious to learn more about what is going to happen in Melissa’s life. The detailed narration makes the story fun, honest, and enlightening for readers; both children and adults. All the characters are well sketched, real, and relatable, and many of them will be able to identify with Melissa’s dislike of math. The illustrations are adorable and they are an added attraction to the already exciting story. It is a good storybook to read out to children and can be read with them to help them accept themselves for what they are and appreciate their worth. The thread of friendship, bullying, and fantasy makes the book a compelling read.