Cat Crimes and Wannabes by Steve Whibley (Juvenile Adventure, ages 9-12)
Of late, I cringe when I receive a request to do a book review, because the few I have completed have been hit and miss on the “worth reading” meter. Some are exceptional and some make me shake my head, wondering why the book was written in the first place. If the book is well-formatted, there are issues with stilted dialogue; if the dialogue is decent, there are issues with formatting, grammar, spelling, or punctuation. Then I received this request from Steve Whibley.
The opening chapter had me wondering if I’d made another mistake accepting this request because the scene seemed wooden, but I kept going and wasn’t disappointed that I did. Whibley appeared to get his flow and soon the story developed nicely. The dialogue was genuine-sounding (not easy to accomplish) and the story humorous and delightful. I actually grinned when I reached the end of Chapter One when the main character was brainstorming.
The mechanics were excellent. There was the occasional misuse of the word “like”, which is really not uncommon for people to make. Example: “The next day I walked Sky to school like always”, which should read “as always”.
It did not take long for me to develop a fondness for the primary character, Jared, and his friendship with Marcus. And when the two encountered the “Evil cat”, I thought I was going to lose it, it was such a well-written, descriptive scene.
There was no mention of who drew the artwork for the book, but it was exceptional.
Overall, this was a delightful story, full of adventure and I would highly recommend it for any reader within the designated age group.
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