Tuesday, September 29

My Pet Human

My Pet Human
Written and illustrated by Yasmine Surovec

My rating: ★★★★

ISBN: 978-1626720732
Publisher: Roaring Press
Date of publication: August 4, 2014
Age: Grades 1 - 4
Genre: Semi-Graphic Novel

Themes: cats, pets, friendship, love

Oliver is an independent kitty. He has his run of the neighborhood and looks at his animal friends with their fussing humans with pity. But when a freckle-faced girl moves into town, Oliver sees the opportunity to train a human to provide him with a few creature comforts. And if he can help her adjust to her life and make a new friend, that's just all in a day's work. The real surprise comes, however, when Oliver needs Freckles just as much as she needs him.

Since it's told from a cat's point of view, you know it's full of all sorts of subtle humor and emotions. Which, as an adult, I really appreciated as I read it. But what's also great is that it's still an awesome story for those just starting chapter books. Even if the kids don't pick up on the subtle things, the main story is easy to follow, understand, and appreciate. It's a mix of traditional text and comic book, in a Diary of a Wimpy Kid way—but much easier. The text is simple, the illustrations are straightfoward (simple black and white), and the speech bubbles are easy to read. Plus, it's adorable. I mean, just look at this page:

For cat fans, it's awesome. For beginning readers, it's fantastic. Honestly, I would recommend it. I recognize that it isn't ground-breaking, but still a fun book.

Find it at your library or on Amazon

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