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Andy McBean and the War of the Worlds by Dale Kutzera
Bad Kitty School Daze by Nick Bruel
Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices by Ralph Fletcher
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David Hockney: A Bigger Picture by Tim Barringer
The Death of Bernadette Lefthand by Ronald B. Querry
Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls by Victoria Laurie
Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
Hard Truth by Nevada Barr
How To by Julie Morstad
J. C. Leyendecker by Michael Schau
Listening for Lucca by Suzanne LaFleur
Moby Duck by Donovan Hohn
Moonhead and the Music Machine by Andrew Rae
My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
The Necropolis Railway by Andrew Martin
A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny
Paul Is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion by Alan Goldsher
Phoebe and Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle by Dana Simpson
Sammy the Seal by Syd Hoff
Satan's Prep by Gabe Guarente
Satellites in Outer Space by Isaac Asimov
The Seer of Shadows by Avi
Sneakers, the Seaside Cat by Margaret Wise Brown
Stars by Mary Lyn Ray
The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler
A Touch of Gold by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene
Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life by P.J. Hoover
When You Are Alone/It Keeps You Capone by Myra Cohn Livingston
Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio

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On deja vu or why I keep a list of what I read
Replacing ARCs with Research
Why I'm no longer accepting review copies

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Sneakers, the Seaside Cat: 04/02/15

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Margaret Wise Brown is one of those authors who wrote dozens of books over the course of my grandmother's childhood into the early years of my mother's. Her books are still popular and in print, especially Goodnight Moon. And yet, with her being one of the classics of American picture books, I've pretty much only read her as an adult. The one exception is The Color Kittens which was one of my mother's books, and I read it dozens of times as a child.

In the case of Sneakers, the Seaside Cat, the book was first published three years after Brown's death and re-issued again thirty years later (1985) and most recently in 2003. It was until the most recent publication with new illustrations by Anne Mortimer. And it was her jaunty portrait of a young tuxedo cat on the cover that caught my attention.

Now I've had cats all my life — all different types. Most of my adulthood my pet was a calico who wasn't exactly a "normal" cat but she was mine and we understood each other. And she was close to my kids. When she died in February, we needed a new a companion for Tortuga, our bottle baby tuxedo.

The cat who picked us was a half Siamese tuxedo, named Salmon. So now with two tuxedo cats, my daughter's love of cat picture books has turned from anything with a calico to anything with a tuxedo. Thus, Sneakers, the Seaside Cat is suddenly on her radar.

So Sneakers is having his first trip to the seaside. Now I've not personally taken a cat to the beach, but there are cats who live on ships and others who do live near the sea (take for instance Tashirojima, Japan). Sneakers ends up meeting the various sea life and learning about the nature around him.

It's truly an adorable book and perfect for children who love the beach or have cats. Or both!

Five stars

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Comment #1: Sunday, April 05, 2015 at 22:01:03

Jeane

My family once took our cat along on a beach vacation. She hated the beach! It was too wet, windy and cold. I just read this book a little while ago with my daughter. It's got lovely pictures.



Comment #2: Sunday, April 05, 2015 at 19:48:22

Pussreboots

Caligula cat, our calico, liked water but we never tried taking her to the beach. She detested car rides and crowds. It would have been too stressful for her.