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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
"The Adventures of Caterwault the Cat: Feline Pie" is a delightful original fairy tale that will appeal to many preteen readers. Caterwault, the Witch's black cat, longs to escape her den and does so one day while she is sleeping. He takes a small bag filled with herbs and potions and makes it beyond the poison dart frogs, the huge snapping turtle, and the oppossums and journeys to Queen Druciah's castle where he and the Queen become friends. Vengeful Druciah is no longer young and wants her youth and beauty back. Caterwault can only tell her that the witch, from whose cave he escaped, has just the potion for restoring youth: Feline Pie which requires among other ingredients salamanders, owls' beaks and the tail of a white cat. The Queen sets off to meet the witch after seeing that Caterwault is no average cat. He knows magic and puts a spell on all the mirrors in Druciah's kingdom. Anyone looking in these mirrors turns into a cat, and of course, her kingdom is filled with cats who were formerly her human subjects. And among all these cats there appears Muse, a pure white cat who becomes the love of Catwault's life. But can their love surmount cat fights galore and Druciah's need for Muse's beautiful white tail?
Original fairy tales are delightful, and "The Adventures of Caterwault" is just that, filled with humorous dialogues and phrases that will keep the reader spellbound. The animal and human characters are well-created and some of them like Edsel the rat are fabulous. The formatting and artwork at each chapter's beginning add to this tale and its conclusion is satisfying. This is sure to be a wonderful preteen classic.