The Cat That Wanders by Itself

Children - Animals
329 Pages
Reviewed on 02/15/2022
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Author Biography

Olga D’Agostino (known as Mrs. D.) is an award-winning children’s author (recipient of multiple Mom’s Choice Awards, Beverly Hills Book Awards, and International Readers’ Favorite Awards). She lived and worked in Lviv, a cultural center in western Ukraine, before immigrating to the United States in 1992. In 2012 she published her first children’s book, and since then she’s pursued a career as a writer, focusing on writing children’s books that have meaning and provide valuable lessons. She speaks many languages, loves reading, writing, gardening, and traveling.
Published books:
The Trees Have Hearts
The City Kittens and the Old House Cat
Good Morning, World!
Runaway Clothes
Runaway Clothes: Coloring and Activity Book for Kids
The Royal Palm
The Little Girl Praying on the Hill
A Taste of Bread
Somewhere Between Two Worlds
The Cat That Wandered by Itself
Mysterious Life Inside a Closet
That Is How Things Are
Who Let the Cookies Out?
Who Let the Cookies Out?: Coloring & Activity Kids Book
Baby from the Moon
What is GOOD and What is BAD
What is GOOD and What is BAD: Coloring & Activity Kids Book
3 rhyming stories in Who Is Most Important in the Fridge?
Who Is Most Important in the Fridge: Coloring Book for Kids
Carlo the Mouse Series, Books 1, 2,3 4,5 and 6
Carlo the Mouse: Coloring Books 1 and 2
The Cat That Wanders by Itself
Where Did Grandpa Go?
My Grandpa Is a Werecow
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Steve Leshin for Readers' Favorite

The Cat That Wanders by Itself by Mrs. D. answers the question: what if your cat could speak to you? A calico cat who goes by the name of Nyda is the answer. As told in the first-person narrative, Nyda is the only female in a litter of kittens who navigates her way with the help of her mother and brothers. She certainly lives up to the title of the book, wandering into one adventure after another, which takes her away from the safety of her mother, while learning to be an independent and confident cat in the course of time. In each chapter, Nyda faces a new challenge as she seems to get into more mischief, something any cat owner can relate to. She faces indoor and outdoor confrontations with spiders, dust, frogs, and new people, until arriving at her new family home.

While reading The Cat That Wanders by Itself, I was reminded of my own feline friend of years gone by, C.C. the Cat, a rugged male tabby, who seemed to get into more trouble with each passing day yet would always come back home where purring and an occasional brush against your leg would be his way of saying, "Hello, I’m back." Nyda tells her story well, with the help of the author, Mrs. D, of course, and the illustrations by Saima Malik are marvelous. The Cat That Wanders by Itself is a delightful tale, suitable for children and cat lovers of any age.

Top Contributor: Children's Books

Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2021
Even if you dislike cats, you will fall in love with this one. Nyda, an adorable calico cat, charms the reader with tales that are humorous, enchanting, and fun. Readers follow her adventures from the time of her birth. She is the first to climb out of the box, daring her brothers to follow her. Told in the first person, the personification is spot on, allowing the reader to experience the world through the eyes of a cat.

This kitten is curious, intelligent, and fearless. That leads to trouble. Nyda just wants to be friends with the creatures around her, but she has a knack for doing the wrong thing at the wrong time. She breaks things and trespasses on their territory. Soon she finds herself separated from her family.

Nyda’s new owner lives in an apartment where she feels imprisoned. When Nyda jumps from the balcony, her adventures become a test for survival. As she navigates the outdoor world, she meets other creatures, friends, and foes until she comes across a family and Mrs. D, the owner she truly falls in love with.

I will not reveal all of Nyda’s adventures or secrets. Middle-grade, young adult, and adult readers will be fascinated by the world seen through the eyes of a feline. Beautiful illustrations add charm and even more personality to the stories.

I received an advance copy from the publisher and voluntarily agreed to read and review it with my honest opinions for no compensation.

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Israel Drazin Top Contributor: Children's Books
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a joy to read these tales
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2021
Multiple award winning author Mrs. D shows her enjoyable skills with these heart-warming lovely stories of a cat. The two fascinating stories sprinkled with humor are told by the cat who enjoys each adventure. The book includes many drawings depicting what is occurring. Whether the reader likes cats or not, it is certain that the reader will love the cat in these tales. The stories are so good that it is even possible that while reading how much joy there is in having a cat, the reader will go out and acquire one. We had three at one time and it was fun to watch them.