Friday, September 27, 2013

Anton and Cecil - Cats at Sea by Lisa Martin, Valerie Martin

Anton and Cecil are typical siblings.  They're related, but they're not like each other.  Cecil is a big Tuxedo cat that loves to eat, and likes adventuring on the sea.  Anton, gray and slim, loves staying home and listening to sea shanties in the tavern.  So guess who gets catnapped and taken to sea?  It isn't Cecil...

Algonquin Books and Net Galley let me download a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 8th, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.

This is a sweet book written for middle graders that features cats.  I'm a cat person so I knew it would work for me.  The cats' adventures make the story interesting for both boys and girls.

Cecil goes out with the local fisherman and enjoys his day trips.  When he gets up late one morning and finds out Anton has been "impressed" and gone out on a sea going vessel.  He's the second cat that has vanished from the dock.  The first was a little girl cat that pirates snatched.  Can Cecil find his brother?

Anton has more than one adventure in his time at sea.  He's forced to kill a rat almost the same size as he is, gets captured by pirates, is sold at an auction and makes friends with a mouse.

It's not a boring story.  It reminded me a bit of the "Incredible Journey", a story I read at about the age this one is targeting.  This story is not just for the young, I had a real good time reading it.  If you like animal adventures, you'll really enjoy it.  Try it, you'll like it.

Happy reading.

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