Indies Rock Review: It’s A Catastrophe by Sibel Hodge

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Today I am pleased to present another Children’s title – suitable for middle schoolers, the adorably quirky It’s a Catastrophe by Sibel Hodge with incredibly gorgeous illustrations by Leos Ng Okita.
Cat lovers of all ages will enjoy this story, while children will relate to the lovely imagery and ‘insights’ into just what the family pet may be thinking.

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It’s a Catastrophe
Sibel Hodge
Illustrations by Leos Ng Okita
Wonder Woman Publishing
Paperback and eBook
ISBN:  1480289035
Pages: 296
Genre:  Children’s Action Adventure
Buy Now:  Smashwords  § Amazon  §  Barnes & Noble
Stars:  5

About the Book:

Warning! Contains fur-raising adventure, wacky characters, laugh out loud comedy, and heart-warming drama.

The cats at Briarswood Cottage are lucky. After being rescued from the local Cats’ Home by Ma Katz, they live out their days in luxury under the watchful eye of Buster, the mogfather. But all that’s about to change…

When the local mayor announces that the cat population is spreading a deadly disease, their lives are in mortal danger. There’s no time to paws! Somehow, Ma’s moggies have to organize all the neighbourhood cats to unite as one, getting their claws stuck in to prove their innocence and save each other from certain death.

Can they put aside jealous rivalry and tomcat turf wars to work together as a team and save catkind from extinction?

It’s a Catastrophe is a hilarious hairball of a read for ages 8 to 108!

My Review:

In a uniquely crafted book that utilizes the animals and situations they encounter to illustrate problem solving for real world issues that far too many children encounter.  Never preachy or speaking down to the reader, the author has cleverly substituted the creatures into daily human interactions, and uses their unique voices and characterizations to further illustrate solutions and approaches to each other  and working with one another to benefit all.

Each character is not only beautifully illustrated with gorgeous full color drawings available in the book and at the Cast Website , these illustrations are incredibly well-matched to the voices and visions I had of the characters while I was reading the book.  Sibel Hodge has used her skill to craft characters that are both unique and three-dimensional, with a “fun with words” approach in naming, sliding puns and creating sections of the book that are near musical in meter and pace.

A book that will appeal to young readers with the appeal of books like Wind in the Willows, or Charlotte’s Web, this book would also be an ideal book to read with your children who may be too young to tackle a book over 100 pages alone.  With clever word play, and the ability to craft a story that holds interest, even older animal lovers will find joys in this book.

I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review as part of the Indie Author Rocks promotions on my blog, I am, Indeed.  I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About the Author:
Sibel Hodge has dual Turkish Cypriot/British nationality and is the bestselling author of Fourteen Days Later. She has 8 cats and 1 husband. In her spare time, she’s Wonder Woman! When she’s not out saving the world from dastardly demons, she writes quirky romantic comedies, mysteries, and children’s books (with the odd thriller thrown in).

Her work has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008, Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009, Runner up in the Chapter One Promotions Novel Comp 2009, and nominated Best Novel with Romantic Elements in 2010 by The Romance Reviews. Her novella Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave has been listed as one of the top 40 books about Human Rights by Accredited Online Colleges.

Find Sibel at:   Website  §  Facebook  § @sibelhodge  § goodreads.com

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