From School Library Journal
Grade 5–8—Adrian is playful, kind, and compassionate. He is also maddening, a poor judge of character, and incapable of seeing the world from any point of view other than his own. He is, in fact, a cat. This day-by-day account chronicles a year in which he joins a criminal gang, saves the life of a wounded fox, befriends a slightly insane pirate parrot and a baby robin, falls in and out of love with gorgeous but deceitful Snowball, and finally finds real happiness with the disheveled but wise stray Gypsy. This blatant hat-tip to Sue Townsend's The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4
(HarperCollins, 2003) is a one-joke book until about October, when Adrian Cat finally manages to get his priorities straight. That is a long time to read about his tug-of-war with his human, Trousers, over the new chair in the house, or his attempts to teach the baby, Brat-2, how to be a kitten. While Adrian's deadpan observations about life from a cat's perspective are funny, they are not enough to sustain interest in the narrative. The success of the story relies greatly on readers' understanding of a cat's innate character and whether or not they will get the puns. The book ends poised for a sequel, but only the most avid of feline lovers will even enjoy this installment.—Kara Schaff Dean, Needham Public Library, MA
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"This wonderful tale could be enjoyed by a young teenager or read aloud to a child." Cat Fanciers' Almanac