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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1 edition (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805087176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805087178
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #686,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This collection of short stories combines the bedrocks of mass appeal: dogs, humor, and short chapters brimming with illustrations. (Booklist on Dog Diaries)

Drama, humor, excitement, and love fuel these short, well-written stories that are certain to be relished by dog lovers. (Booklist on My Dog, My Hero)

[T]his collection will be a hit with its target audience and is perfect for encouraging reluctant readers. (Kirkus Reviews on The SOS File)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am a big fan of Dog Diaries, so was very excited to hear that Cat Diaries was coming. It did not live up to my huge expectations though, as I felt that the stories lacked the humour and poignancy of the earlier collection. Most just fall a little flat. These seem to be aimed at a slightly younger crowd, and even though they don't seem as vibrant as the Dog Diaries, they will still have lots of appeal to young cat lovers.

There are a couple of stories here that will make for excellent read alouds for the early elementary set, most notably Go Go Goes to School and Pirate Cat, Treasure Hunter. There's plenty of opportunity there for some fun when you need to fill an extra few minutes. The story about the parachuting cat will also work well to generate some laughs.

While Cat Diaries does not quite live up to the Dog's efforts, it still stands out as a good choice for reluctant readers just beginning to get into chapter books. Just a bit disappointed, but still looking forward to some more animal diaries in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Krista on June 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Our whole family adored this book including my 7 year old daughter and 4 year old son. The writing just draws you in completely. The stories are adorable. The authors definitely know kitties!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 20, 2013
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My kids enjoyed the different stories and styles that were represented in the book. Written from each cat's point of view made it so much more interesting.
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Format: Hardcover
Betsy Byars is one of my favorite authors! And this is one of her best books! Hear eleven cat tales (get it? Cat tails!) including a gypsy cat, a curious cat, a pirate cat, and much more cats! I liked this be cause I like cats!! And I didn't dislike it at all!
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By Emma Jones on September 23, 2014
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I want you to write even more books about cat diaries and dog diaries. I loved both of those books.
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