Sherlock, the Cat Who Couldn't Meow

Sherlock the Remarkable Cat Series Volume 1

Children - Grade 4th-6th
86 Pages
Reviewed on 02/16/2014
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Author Biography

Vickianne Caswell, author of Freckles the Bunny Series and now Sherlock the Remarkable Cat Series is married and has one daughter, who has an amazing gift with animals (all animals, wild or tame seem to love her). Vickianne was raised an animal lover, in the city and continues to pass that on to her daughter. Vickianne hopes to pass the love and joy of animals to other children through these books. She has been doing writing at home since she was a teenager, after her father got her interested in writing when he published a poem. She has done a few articles for a small paper on animal care and continues to experience the joys of pet ownership on an acreage where the family lives. As new animals enter their family, new characters may appear, so stay tuned!

The author's daughter always loves it when she makes up stories, especially when it includes their pets. She had been wanting to write about Freckles, her favorite rabbit & her "baby" before her daughter. As the years passed, her daughter started going to school, encountering bullies, their lives changed and the original Freckles passed away, she wanted more than ever to put something on paper to remember Freckles by and for others to be able to enjoy her as much as their family did. She thought of all the experiences her daughter, their family had been through and all of the mischief Freckles caused, so it seemed natural to write them down for children to learn from them, in a way they would find entertaining.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite

Learning to accept who you are is an important lesson for everyone to learn. Sherlock, the Cat Who Couldn't Meow by Vickianne Caswell tells the story of a young cat who couldn’t meow, but could do plenty of other special things. Sherlock worked for C.J. in the bakery. On Saturdays, his friends Kato and Charlie would often take him fishing. One Saturday as he was fishing, he saw a beautiful girl that made his heart flutter, but before he could go talk to her the two bullies Chauncey and Bruto came over and started teasing him about not being able to meow. He finally met Luna Mousecatcher when she came into the bakery for lunch and they decided to go out for coffee. While they were having coffee, Chauncey and Bruto came in and started teasing Sherlock because he couldn’t meow. He was so embarrassed because they teased him in front of Luna that he dashed out of the diner and into the park. While he was in the park, he discovered a strange, blue knapsack, which he later learned had magical powers. With Luna angry at him for leaving her alone in the diner, Sherlock doesn’t really want to do anything or be with anybody, after all, he can’t meow. Will he be able to discover the truth about himself? What will the magic bag do for him? What important lesson can he learn from it all?

Vickianne Caswell tells an excellent story with an important lesson in Sherlock, the Cat Who Couldn't Meow. Through a simple, yet exciting story, the reader will learn that what is inside one’s heart and the good things that they do determines who they are a lot more than what they look like or whether or not they are able to do certain things. Educational, fun and magical, Sherlock, the Cat Who Couldn't Meow is an excellent story to help young readers learn that who they are isn’t all on the outside.