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Minnie: 10/09/06


Minnie is a Dutch children's story about cross-species friendship. It is another of a number of children's books I received from another BookCrosser at a spring meeting. I took the book because I liked the cover art.

While I did enjoy the story there were many interesting concepts introduced that were never explained or even explored. In fact the entire story seemed too simplified. I realize it is written for a young audience but even as a child I would have been unsatisfied. I'm not asking for pages and pages of back story or sub plot but a sentence or two in most cases would suffice.

Here is my BookCrossing review:

I enjoyed the rather simplistic story of Minnie and her ordeal of being turned into a human. Tibbs the reporter I never quite understood. How does someone so shy end up as a reporter? How did he manage to stay employed by the paper as long as he did when all he wrote about at first were cats? I would also have liked to learn more about the Institute that was next to Minnie's home. What were they doing that could produce garbage capable of turning cats into humans? There is the real story, not the cruelty of Mr. Elbow.

The illustrations I thought needed some work. They didn't seem to capture the characters as I imagined them. Minnie seemed really weird in the drawings. She isn't described as weird looking, just weird (or cattish) acting at times.

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