Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Review & Giveaway: The Cat Who Lost His Meow — Angela Muse

The Cat Who Lost His Meow by Angela Muse
| Publication Date: June 1, 2014
Pages: 32
Recommended Ages: 3+


Chester the lazy calico cat has suddenly lost his meow. He’s looking everywhere, but can’t seem to find his voice. When Chester puts himself in a frightening situation he not only finds his voice return, but he also finds his courage. This experience makes Chester appreciate things a little bit more than he had before.



I want to start off by saying I am a huge cat lover. I have also spent the last six months studying how children who are 6 - 11 years old read as I am a volunteer psychology researcher and have experience of reading with and to a wide range of ages. When I read young children’s books I look for a simple story, one or two challenging words to help expand vocabulary and a nice underlying message or moral.

For the most part I feel like this book has a great rhythm when spoken aloud. A few tweaks with the word choices could really refine that further.

I personally like the pictures. They were bright and colourful with a brush stroke look to them. The illustrator did a great job at portraying Chester’s changing emotions during the story. Throughout, the pictures were really nice and interesting. Chester in the mailbox is perhaps my favourite though, he looks adorable!

This book had a good message, but I feel like there were perhaps two. One about finding courage and new experiences, and the most prominent one about appreciating what you have. I’m sure older readers can help younger readers navigate both of these messages.

As a small note, I generally like to see full stops at the end of sentences, even if there is a line gap and the next sentence begins with a capital. I think that seeing punctuation might help children recognise its importance as they begin to read and write.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Angela Muse

Angela Muse, Author
Angela Muse was born in California to a military family. This meant that she got used to being the "new kid" in school every couple of years. It was hard trying to make new friends, but Angela discovered she had a knack for writing. In high school Angela began writing poetry and song lyrics. Expressing herself through writing seemed very natural. After becoming a Mom in 2003, Angela continued her storytelling to her own children. In 2009 she wrote and published her first rhyming children's book aimed at toddlers. Since then she has released several more children's picture books and released her first young adult romance series, The Alpha Girls, in 2012.

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