Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Review: The Boy Who Once Chased Cats by Russell Whitehead

24713189Title: The Boy Who Once Chased Cats
Author: Russell Whitehead
Publisher: Self
Published: Jan. 27, 2015
Pages: 46
Genre: Ages 6 on up
Review: ebook provided by author
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Jake is a wildly imaginative boy who thoroughly enjoys pestering Old Tom, the neighborhood cat with his clever games. But what if the tables were turned? Would he still be amused? Follow along on Jake's adventure as he discovers what it's like to be on the receiving end of someone else's idea of a good time. Filled with beautiful, classic illustrations, this book is a thought-provoking tale about taking a walk in someone else's shoes.

We received this book to give an honest review.

So Jake has a great imagination, but he is a bit mean to the Old Tom cat to where Tom sees Jake and takes off running and hiding. Makes you wonder about Jake and why he is so mean.  Of course Jake falls asleep and finds himself in another world, one where the cats are bigger than him. Will Jake learn his lesson on being mean to animals or will he continue picking on Old Tom. 
This was an okay book I read to K and he asked me why the pictures looked weird as he is big on books with pictures. I think the cats eyes to him were not normal. Also he didn't understand why Jake was so mean by grabbing the cat by his tail and of course which led onto a bit discussion of why we don't do that and what not. 
I did like the ending and I was glad it ended the way it did. It just goes to show that you can learn your lesson when the shoe is on the other foot. 

Russell  Whitehead

Russell Whitehead is an author and illustrator of books for children and middle-grade readers, a puppet builder and puppeteer.
The legends and fairy tales he heard and read as a young boy sparked his imagination and inspired a lifelong love for children's literature and fictional characters. Later he discovered the art of puppetry and embraced it as a way to bring those characters to life. He writes to amuse and entertain with stories that impart good values.
Russell resides in Griffin, Georgia with his wife Deb and their dog Dylan. When he's not in the studio honing his craft, he enjoys spending time with family and entertaining grandchildren. He blogs about children's and middle-grade books as well as various writing and puppetry projects he's working on.

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