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Charlie Anderson: 03/24/17

Charlie Anderson by by Barbara Abercrombie

Charlie Anderson by Barbara Abercrombie is the story of a cat and his people. Charlie spends his week nights with Elizabeth and Sarah and their mother. On the weekends, when the girls are in the city with their father and stepmother, Charlie is an outside cat. Or so they think.

As it gets colder and wetter, they start to worry about Charlie when they aren't home. They decide to learn where he goes in the day time to get an idea of what he does on the weekends.

That's when they meet Charlie's other family — a family who calls him Anderson. There he is an indoor, day time cat and, of course, a weekender. Rather than get in a custody battle over the cat, they decide to append his name to Charlie Anderson and accept him on his own terms.

Charlie Anderson reminds me of two of my grandmothers' cats: a brother and sister who showed up on her doorstep randomly. It was the same year that Oliver and Company was in the theater, so we jokingly named them Oliver and Anne (short for "And Company"). Like Charlie Anderson, Olive and Anne had another home five or so houses up the street. I don't remember their other names. Ultimately though, the two cats decided to stay at my grandmother's house.

Three stars

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