Once in a very great long while Fang, swashbuckling hero of many of his own dreams, answers to the name of Snookums, but only if there's some kibble or catnip in it for him. Whenever Fang (A.K.A. Walter Kitty) gets tired of helping his People with household chores (sweeping curio shelves with his reckless tail, doing the dishes with his tongue), he feels a nap coming on. And just like that, Walter Kitty is transformed into a superhero, an intrepid explorer, a fierce hunter.
Readers of all ages, especially those who share a household with a cat, will giggle at Barbara Jean Hicks's cats-eye-view of humans. Walter may overestimate his talents as a housekeeper (a la Amelia Bedelia) and conqueror of "scurvy scoundrels," but his People don't mind
and neither will his reading audience. He doesn't quite have the charm of Hobbes, but Dan Santat's retro illustrations and Hicks's deadpan monologue combine for a fun, funny tale. --Emilie Coulter
About the Author
Barbara Jean Hicks is the author of Jitterbug Jam
. She lives in Oxnard, California.Dan Santat is the author-illustrator of The Guild of Geniuses
and is the illustrator of the Otto Undercover series written by Rhea Perlman. He lives in Alhambra, California.