From Publishers Weekly
An intrepid feline, ratter extraordinaire, is thoroughly upset by his name--Mewkiss--until he discovers its origins. Ages 8-12.
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From School Library Journal
Grade 1-4-- The title refers to the narrator kitten's attitude toward his name, "Mewkiss," given to him by Jessica, for whom he was a birthday present. Mewkiss feels the silly name dooms him to a life of weakness and helplessness against the vicious rats who have already killed one of his sisters, and who are planning to bite Jessica. When an old cat tells Mewkiss that his name really is "Mukiz," the name of a famous warrior cat in ancient Egypt, the kitten courageously fights off and kills a rat. The plot is as slight as the characterizations in this story in which all animals speak and understand English and imitate human behavior--they laugh, go "to the bathroom," and need reassurance about their specialness. This fantasy lacks the subtlety, the playful satirical humor, and the rich characterization of A. N. Wilson's Stray (Orchard, 1989), which attempts to depict the world from the animal's point of view. It's an easy, readable chapter book on a subject that will appeal to some, but the moralizing is too obvious to be effective, the humans too lightly sketched, and the central four-legged creatures reminiscent of cartoon characters. --Yvonne Frey, Peoria Public Schools, IL
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