Super Rooster and Wonder Cat

Travel with Me, Book One

Children - Animals
48 Pages
Reviewed on 08/04/2017
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Author Biography

Alma's Travel with Me children's book series is inspired by travel with the themes of friendship, diversity, acceptance, self-esteem, and respect for nature. Alma grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and currently lives with her husband Bob, two cats Violet and Daisy, and dog Stazi in Bethesda, MD. This is Alma's first book. Her second book, "Andre, The Five Star Cat, Travel with Me, Book Two" was released in December of 2017. Alma's third children's book, "Zetta the Poinsettia," which celebrates self-esteem and purpose will be released in November 2018.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Janelle Alex, Ph.D. for Readers' Favorite

Super Rooster and Wonder Cat is a cute little story with a big concept that can help young children as it is read to them or as they use this book as a starter reader. The colorful illustrations of Hugh Keiser help bring to life the concept of discovering your own inner strengths or super powers presented by author Alma Hammond. There is a rhythmical pattern to the story that is typical of young children's books. This writing style further ingrains the idea of having inner strength and it being different from the inner strength or "super powers" of others. Super Rooster and Wonder Cat also supports the important lesson of practicing what you do - even what you're already quite good at it.

Alma Hammond doesn't leave parents, teachers or children hanging at the end with just a final "cock-a-doodle-doo". Instead, the author shares three powerful "Ask Yourself" questions, a few facts on Bora Bora - where the story is based - and some fun facts about the various different animals in the book. Cats and roosters are more commonly known, but by bringing in marine life, via the crab, the stingray, and the shark, Super Rooster and Wonder Cat offers opportunities for children to realize that these very unique animals are not necessarily something to fear. Instead, Hammond's Super Rooster and Wonder Cat shows young readers the importance of talking to those that are different from you and learning what makes them special and unique and honoring them. Alma Hammond's Super Rooster and Wonder Cat deserves space on any children's library shelf.


This book teaches elementary children about friendship and the value of diversity. Two friends, a cat, and a rooster meet every day at sunrise on the beach to practice their special powers. For the rooster that means crowing, and for the cat using his climbing skills. As the story continues new creatures are introduced, a crab, a stingray, and a shark. While the powers of some of these animals could be dangerous, as long as each respects the rights of others, he or she can remain friends.

Beautiful illustrations, lively dialogue, and simple text make the tale a good candidate for a read aloud or bedtime story. Discussion questions following the tale ask children about their own superpowers, those of friends, and how they might use them.


I purchased this book for my nephew, and he loved it! I loved it too, as it made me experience my being a child again. I absolutelly love the artwork and the less known facts at the end. Great learning opportunity for children while having fun!


I love this sweet story about an unusual friendship between a cat and a rooster. They enjoy the beach together and meet sea creatures. The author does a great job explaining what may seem scary about these creatures is something that has a purpose. She explains in a fun way what each creature does that makes them special. Great messages for everyone and told in a fun way! Beautiful illustrations!