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10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert
Angelfish by Laurence Yep
Arcadia Falls by Carol Goodman
Around the World with Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis
Azumanga Daioh Omnibus by Kiyohiko Azuma
The Best Cat in the World by Lesléa Newman
Brain Thief by Alexander Jablokov
The Country Child by Alison Uttley
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Flotsam by David Wiesner
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Gingerbread Girl by Paul Tobin
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Mañana Iguana by Ann Whitford Paul
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Nick of Time by Ted Bell
The Night Owls by Peter Timony
Nylon Road by Pasua Bashi
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The Sign Painter by Allen Say
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The Unsinkable Walker Bean by Aaron Renier
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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
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2 stars: OK
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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



The Best Cat in the World: 08/22/11

cover art

Lesléa Newman, probably best known for Heather Has Two Mommies wrote a book to help anyone grieving over the loss of a beloved pet. It's called The Best Cat in the World.

Victor and Charlie have grown up together but Charlie is now an elderly and ill cat. When he dies Victor is heart broken. He can't sleep. He can't eat.

Eventually he reluctantly agrees to give a kitten home that Charlie's vet can't keep. The second half of the book shows Victor comparing Shelley to Charlie. As any pet owner knows, every pet is an individual and we have to adapt to our new pet and not expect a replacement for our old pet. It's a hard lesson for Victor to learn but he eventually does.

I read this book with both of my children. They have both grown up with Caligula cat. Although she is currently in good health, she's sixteen and cats only live so long. We have started to talk about how we will adopt a new shelter cat after Caligula. The book while it has lovely illustrations and a good message, was a bit long winded, especially for Harriet.

Three stars.

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