- Paperback: 106 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (Dec 21 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481225480
- ISBN-13: 978-1481225489
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.6 x 19.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 113 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,639,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets Paperback – Dec 21 2012
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About the Author
Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom & Knowledge is an eight-year-old grey tabby cat who loves her toy mouse. Stanley is a three-year-old black Labrador/Rottweiler mix who does his best to ignore Katrina. Morty, a bunny, assists in the narration of their story. Our silly owners left the computer on. Join us online at http://www.stanleyandkatrina.com/
Top Customer Reviews
The stage is set when Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge is fed up with "dog" (whose name, Stanley, she finally discovers after three years of living under the same roof) who is eating her food. Through a series of hilarious letters sent back and forth between Katrina and Stanley, and punctuated by the voice of a narrator who provides play-by-play action of the misdeeds of the cat and the dog, the reader is entertained by the roller coast ride that is the love/hate relationship between the two. While Katrina and Stanley have much to disagree about, there is one thing they agree on: participating in a pet show is a BAD IDEA. Dive into this whimsical journey to discover how the pets outsmart their owners.
The Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets is a playful parable about the puckish pairing of a pompous pussycat and a perplexed pup. Phew, try saying THAT ten times fast! Stanley and Katrina bring to life the inner musings of what we, as pet owners, have suspected all along: that cats and dogs are up to no good and are constantly trying to outwit and outsmart their owners. Further, the perspectives are exactly how I would imagine them to be: uppity, snobby Katrina, the gray tabby cat and the more laid-back black Labrador Rottweiler mix, Stanley, ready to follow Katrina's lead and happy to run circles in the snow.
I really enjoyed the format of the book which uses a series of letters written by Katrina and Stanley to each other. Ok, so one shouldn't get too stuck on asking how exactly it is that animals can write letters. This book is meant to be absurd - it's written by animals, remember? Absurdity definitely has its place and in the case of The Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets it is perfectly pertinent and appropriate (oops! There I go again with the alliteration!) When necessary, a narrator, bearing witness as an outsider to Stanley and Katrina's shenanigans, weighs in with their perspective. I must admit that I'm left wondering, "Who is this narrator?" Hmmm...
Alas, the story proceeds and Katrina and Stanley come to know and understand each other a bit better. One might even argue that they learn to "get along" - more or less. What we do see in the progression of their relationship is that when they share a negative experience (e.g., the visit to the vet or the training and participation in the pet show), they have the ability to sympathise with one another. And, isn't life just like that? When people share experiences, it brings them closer together, doesn't it?
The Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets is filled with clever passages and lines that had us laughing out loud. I enjoyed the passages where each pet points out what humans hear versus what they are trying to say. Here is an excerpt from Stanley's passage:
'What the humans hear: Woof, ruff, woof.
What I was saying: I like bones. La, la.'
Another example of the quirkiness contained in this book is when Stanley (and the reader) meets the Wise Cat Council for the first time:
' "What is the Wise Cat Council, really?" you ask. Well, I will tell you: A ball of yarn, a half-eaten mouse, a feather, a dog bone, a toy mouse, a dust bunny, and a ball. '
This book is filled with twists and turns, funny moments, quirky dialogue, and, ok, maybe a few non-sequiturs thrown in, but it is just so much fun!
What we did feel was missing, however, were illustrations. I think that more illustrations would have raised the entire book up a notch. Quirky, fun pictures of Stanley and Katrina in action would go a long way in this case. For example, seeing the duo decked out in their costumes for the pet show would have been really helpful. That being said, the "Pet Paper" at the end which had photos of the "winners" and a little blurb about the outcome for Stanley and Katrina was adorable! Perhaps the authors could entertain the possibility of illustrating the next book themselves?
My bottom line:
I think any child with a vivid imagination, who wonders what is going on inside animals' heads would enjoy this book. I think it would function particular well as a read-aloud book to children as young as 5 years old.
*** This book was provided to us free-of-charge by the authors exchange for an honest review.***
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com
My favourite lines:
Stanley exclaimed, 'So that's where my bone went!'
'Yep, he is the secretary.' said Katrina.
A great fun read for anyone who would like to see the relationship between a cat and dog from a different perspective.
I love the conversation between the two and found myself laughing out loud on many occasions throughout the book.
My favourite Quote from Katrina von Cat The Master of Widom and Knowledge: She believed cats had the best taste of any animal in the entire world. She would not dare say the entire universe because aliens are much better at interior designing. Priceless!!!!
The Pet Paper depicting the "Best In Show" for Hampster, Guinea Pig, Dog and Cat of which Stanley and Katrina proudly were disqualified from is so fabulous.
It is beyond my comprehension that this book was written by a 10 year old, yes, you heard me, one super smart, intelligent 10 year old.
Watch this space for this author folks, I am sure she will dazzle us again some time soon.
The book is very creatively written in its format and style, as the letters are written from the perspective of the animals and interspersed with narrator text. The salutations and closings of the letters are clever and funny. They left me laughing several times.
Overall it was a quick and entertaining read. I recommend it for a parent to read aloud or for a beginning reader to try on their own. It is truly an original for animal lovers.
What's even better, is that Stanley and Katrina inspired my son. He has been writing about cats and dogs in pet shows (he changed the names) but his stories were definitely inspired by this book.
The story is easy to follow, it's highly entertaining, and it's well written. These attributes make it the perfect choice for kids.
I received a copy of the book in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% my own.