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Angus and the Cat by Marjorie Flack
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Day of the Dragon-King (Magic Tree House #14) by Mary Pope Osborne
The Digital Plague by Jeff Somers
Dino-Dinners by Brita Granstrom
Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House #1) by Mary Pope Osborne
Don't Say Ain't by Irene Smalls
Do You Want to be My Friend? by Eric Carle
Emmaline and the Bunny by Katherine Hannigan
Esoteric City by Bruce Sterling
Evolution's Shore (aka Chaga) by Ian McDonald
Harriet and the Garden by Nancy Carlson
I Spy Fun House by Jean Marzollo
I Wish That I Had Duck Feet by Dr. Seuss
Jin Jin the Dragon by Grace Chang
Lizzi & Fredl: A Perilous Journey of Love and Faith by William B. Stanford
Logicist by Carol Emshwiller
Madeline and the Cats of Rome by John Bemelmans Marciano
The Mammy by Brendan O'Carroll
Minifred Goes to School by Mordicai Gerstein
Miss Pickerell and the Geigor Counter by Ellen MacGregor
The Napping House by Audrey and Don Wood
Nightwings by Robert Silverberg
One Yellow Lion by Matthew Van Fleet
Opera Cat by Tess Weaver
Queen Vernita Visits the Blue Ice Mountains by Dawn Menge
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Sassy by Gloria Mallette
The Stars Down Under by Sandra McDonald
Strange Reading by Grant Uden
The Sunless Countries by Karl Schroeder
Tarot Cafe Volume 1 by Sang-Sun Park
Tepper Isn't Going Out by Calvin Trillin
Tiger on a Tree by Anushka Ravishankar
Vacation Under the Volcano (Magic Tree House #13) by Mary Pope Osborne
The West End Horror by Nicholas Meyer
Where Is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox
Yoko's Paper Cranes by Rosemary Wells

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Comments for Minifred Goes to School

Minifred Goes to School cover art (Link goes to Powells)Minifred Goes to School: 01/26/10

Minifred Goes to School by Mordicai Gerstein sports a jolly looking ginger striped cat in a pink dress on the cover. Since there are many animal themed stories about animals going to school which Harriet likes I brought a copy home from the library. This book is different in that the rest of the characters are human.

Minifred is a cat adopted by a childless couple who for some reason decide treating a cat like a child is a better idea than adopting an actual child. Minifred rises to the task and ends up learning enough to demand a chance to go to school. After some hemming and hawing the school finally admits Minifred and the rest of the story focuses on how the cat and the school adjust to each other.

Of course cats living as humans in a human world isn't a new concept. Puss in Boots dates back to 1697 but there's always an element of magic and fantasy in the various Puss in Boots stories.

My daughter and I both disliked the book for the same reason: Minifred didn't seem plausible. The world she lives all the other characters refuse to believe that it's possible for a cat to be in school. Without the support of the other characters there's no reason for us to believe it's possible for a cat to learn how to walk, talk and go to school. The rest of the story becomes moot at the point that the suspension of disbelief fails.

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Comment #1: Tuesday, January, 26, 2010 at 18:50:21

Kara

I, on the other hand, liked it for the reason you disliked it! Interesting :)



Comment #2: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 22:07:58

Pussreboots

That is interesting. We just found the story a little too weird.



Comment #3: Monday, February, 1, 2010 at 23:39:04

Little Willow

Have you tried the Catwings series? If not, do. :)



Comment #4: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 11:43:33

Pussreboots

I have not tried the Catwings series but I will. Thank you for the recommendation!



Comment #5: Tuesday, February, 2, 2010 at 17:37:50

Little Willow

They are lovely. Enjoy!



Comment #6: Friday, February 5, 2010 at 16:48:37

Pussreboots

I'm sure they are. I've enjoyed nearly everything of hers that I've read. I just recently got a copy of Cat Dreams, a picture book she published last year. It's delightful.



Comment #7: Friday, February, 5, 2010 at 21:28:33

Little Willow

Thanks for the tip! I just requested the title.



Comment #8: Monday, February 8, 2010 at 22:06:12

Pussreboots

You're welcome. I plan to post a review of Cat Dreams soon.



Comment #9: Sunday, February, 14, 2010 at 00:59:11

Little Willow

I read and greatly enjoyed Cat Dreams. Thank you for the recommendation!



Comment #10: Monday, February 15, 2010 at 11:49:05

Pussreboots

I'm glad you enjoyed the book.