Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Cats and Goldfish and Book Reviews

Bethlehem's Baby has a grand total of five book reviews now, and readers like it! I like readers too and hope I might manage to scrounge/attract a few more before the end of my tour. Anyway, if you're interested, here are four places to learn more:



But maybe you've already read it. If you want some further book recommendations, including ones with cats and goldfish, I'd suggest you go put the coffee on then return for my recommendations of books and brews.

Since I promised cats, I'll start there with Luna, the Autobiography of a SuperCat, by Luna Challis, contains fun photos of cats, other animals, and Australian locations and family. The storyline's quick, short and factual, with some interesting snippets of information for young readers. Enjoy with an easy-drinking 2-star cup of coffee. Then move on to the more fanciful Luna and the Arsonists, where Luna and the neighborhood children, ably assisted by their ADHD friend, try to solve a local mystery faster than the police--best read with another bright, lively, easy-drinking 2-star coffee.

The Kit from Red Bank, by Peter Brighouse, features Bullpuss on the double-bass, Squimps on piano and Mungo Jerrycan on baritone saxophone. Written for older adults, who will relate to the music, to read with their young children who'll love the cats and the pictures, this is an amusing tale of cats in England, featuring the Lake District, Lyme Regis and more... and music, of course. Enjoy with a mild, crisp 1-star coffee.

Then there's Whiskers and Hairballs, my life as a cat, by Maranda Russell, a nice short picture book for bedtime, naptime or cattime, with the added bonus of a visual treasure hunt. Enjoy with another mild crisp 1-star coffee.

Death, the Devil, and the Goldfishby Andrew Buckley, is not a picture book, and is not for kids, but it does have a talking cat in it, and a Monty Pythonesque sense of humor, with lashings of Douglas Adams. Devilish deeds are afoot at the computer lab, and death's on strike. Enjoy this dark zany humor with a bold dark 5-star cup of coffee.

And finally, since Death, the Devil, etc involved a character (Death) searching for God, it seems appropriate to add one final God-searching novel to today's list. The Ancient One, by Ilan Herman, is a serious novel spanning 1,000 years from pre-historic Africa to modern-day USA. The tale of a young boy, sent to endure the desert and returning with unseen powers of eternal life, is fascinating and nicely imagined. Led by Fire, with haunting Biblical echoes, Uxe leads his tribe on an Exodus to the Ocean. But war supersedes his longing for peace, and every good given by "God" falls apart. Of course, the question remains, just who is Fire, and the modern day ending to the book, while seeming somewhat hurried, brings the story to an intriguingly satisfying conclusion. Enjoy this complex tale with a 4-star elegant, complex cup of coffee.


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