Title: Why Kimba Saved the World
Author: Meg Welch Dendler
Format: Paperback and eBook
Genre: Children’s Fantasy
Series: Cats in the Mirror #1
Best Read in Order: yes
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About the Book:
How can a young cat pick between everything she has ever wanted and everyone she has ever loved? Kimba lives the care-free life of a much loved house cat, but what she really wants is freedom and the wild life for which she was born. Then she learns a secret that changes everything, including her destiny. Will she join this mysterious cat conspiracy? Kimba must choose between the freedom she craves and the human family she loves.
Anyone who has been allowed to share their life with a cat can completely relate to this story: engrossing and simple to read, the point of view from Kimba is not only well defined, but completely realistic. Although there are moments when it seems to meander, from a cat’s perspective those forays into the investigations and interesting things to be seen fits with every cat’s day.
Interspersed with photos of Kimba and her sister Hiro, and the other housemates, the pictures break up what could be an overwhelming read to a new chapter book reader: even though the chapters are quick and short, the sheer number of pages make this a “big” book for a 7 or 8 year old, even though most will love it.
The whole “cats are from elsewhere” theory and the mirror chats are not at all surprising, and may provide a few moments of understanding when your cat is racing about the house chasing nothing…that you can see.
This was clever and fun – and a good story: easy to follow along, but not so complex that it cannot be read over more than a few bedtime story hours. The author has a breezy and chatty style that clearly illustrates the scene and provides ample information for imagining the setting and how things look. Additionally, the story is well edited, uses simple phrases and explanations that will challenge but not overwhelm young readers.
I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review and inclusion for the Children Read week at I am Indeed. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions were my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Meg Welch Dendler is a former pre-k, elementary, and middle school teacher who celebrated publishing her first book, “Why Kimba Saved The World,” in February 23, 2013. This story is based on her true-life crazy cat and the other cats in her home…and the idea that they are all really part of an alien race that wants to rule the earth. The sequel, “Vacation Hiro,” is already underway.