From School Library Journal
Grade 2–4—MEOW, or Memories Expressed in Our Writing, has gathered cats from all over the world for a night of storytelling. What follows are 11 tales from the diaries of various felines, some going back as far as 2000 B.C.E. (Miu, the Great Cat of Egypt, who must contend with Abu, the Royal Dog). The book has a few standout tales, such as Go-Go's story about a school visit during which he climbs the stage curtains and Whiskers's adventure with a parachute, but the majority are rather pedestrian. Still, the short chapters and whimsical illustrations that appear on almost every page will appeal to reluctant and beginning chapter-book readers. An additional purchase.—Beth Cuddy, Seward Elementary School, Auburn, NY
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About the Author
Betsy Byars, a Newbery Medal winner, and her two daughters, Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers—both well-known authors of books for young readers—have together written several popular story collections. Betsy Byars lives in South Carolina, and her daughters live in Georgia.
Erik Brooks has illustrated Boo’s Dinosaur by Betsy Byars and Monkey Business by Shirley Climo, in addition to the first Secret Writings book, Dog Diaries. He lives in the Methow Valley in north central Washington.