Thursday, October 2, 2014

National Poetry Day and a 5 Star Readers' Favorite Review for "The Observations of the Obstreperous Animals"


In honor of the UK National Poetry Day, Stanley and I decided to share a few poems from our latest book, The Observations of the Obstreperous Animals

Did you know that we have free printables to go along with our books? We do! This book's printables has a page dedicated to Haikus. 

We are thrilled to share that this book received a 5 Star Readers' Favorite review. Our pet hearts are happy!  Below is a small portion of the review... click the picture to view the entire review. 

Now for our lovely poems...

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Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge (and Stanley)


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Co-Hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop, A New Kitty, and A Book Review

Thanks for stopping by, human friends.

We are thrilled to be co-hosts of the 46th Kid Lit Blog Hop, this week, in celebration of our latest book release as well as our upcoming Book Tour. The Kid Lit Blog Hop exists to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children's book bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists. Please join in by adding in a post (or two) and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors. We have a couple of things to share before we get to the Blog Hop though.

A New Addition to Neighbor Girl's Family

We want to take a moment to introduce you to Lego. Lego stole the hearts of Neighbor Girl and Cool Mom on a recent trip to the local shelter. It took some time to sell Cool Dad on the idea of a cat, but in the end they were successful and have added Lego to their family. Neighbor Girl plans to have him be a regular part of Wordless Wednesdays. I guess it is okay. He is a nice cat.  Although, a bit too nice for me, he needs to assert his dominance a bit more, if you ask me. Stanley says I'm too hard on the cat. Hmmph! Oh well, having cats outnumber dogs on this blog can't be a bad thing.

Lego walks a bit funny because he is missing a leg. It made me feel bad for him until I saw him run for his food - I think he runs faster than I do. Stanley agrees.

A Book Review

Title: Come Back Dear Sun
Author: Geena Bean
Illustrator: Cheri Webber
Publisher: Independent
Publication Year: 2012
Pages: 36
Recommended Age: 3+
Cool Mom's Review:
I recently won a copy of Come Back Dear Sun from, and it was fortuitous that I found myself reading the book while I was sitting on the beach: with no phone and no computer. Even though it was an overcast day, the two young ladies who joined me on the two-hour drive to the beach were happy to be together enjoying the waves, the sand, and each other's company.

This book is a cute story of the underappreciated sun. The sun has had enough of being ignored and heads for a new solar system in search of one where the population will spend time outdoors. 

Kaylee, our main character, decides she wants the sun back. She reaches out to the moon who fills the role of messenger in the story. While the moon sets out to retrieve the sun, Kaylee and friends tell everyone to get outside. 

The book is written in rhyme and flows well. I only tripped up a couple of times where I felt the need to repeat the line to make the rhyme and flow fit well. The pictures are bold and colorful with text placed well and easy to read, despite many dark illustrations. 

Overall, it is a cute book with a strong message to spend more time outside. 

Learn more about the author, Geena Bean, by visiting her website:

Happy Hopping everyone and enjoy the Hop!

Yes, now it is time to hop. Please join in or simply hop around and visit other members of the Kid Lit community. Have a paw-riffic time and be sure to say "hello" as you visit our virtual homes. 
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3. Please visit AT LEAST the TWO LINKS directly ahead of your own and leave them some love in the form of a comment. We are trying to build a community of bloggers, readers, parents, authors, and others who are as passionate about children’s literature as we are so please CONNECT and follow any or all of the blogs that interest you!
4. If you like, grab the button above and put it somewhere on your blog, preferably the post you're linking up. If you'd prefer, you can just add a text link back to this Hop so that others can find it and check out all these great book links!
5. It would really help us get the word out about the Kid Lit Blog Hop if you would be so kind as to tweet, share, and spread the word about the Hop!
Interested in co-hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop? If you've joined us before, you are welcome to join us again! Please email renee @ motherdaughterbookreviews (dot) com and put Co-Hosting Blog Hop in the subject line.
Thank you for reading and sharing,

Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge (and Stanley)

Happy Hopping!

Who will you HOBNOB with this week? 
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Many people HOBNOB with Katrina. Word of the Week with Guest Meg Dendler (9/29/2014): #KidLitWow

Yay, we have the lovely Meg Dendler (and Kimba), Children's Author of the Cats in the Mirror Series, here to introduce this week's word of the week: HOBNOB.

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Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge (and Stanley)