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Why Some Cats are Rascals, Book 2 Paperback – April 10, 2006

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From the Author

I'm dedicating this book to all cats, cat lovers, and veterinarians from Catanada and all around the world.

The characters are realistic. They live with me in a white wooden house with a big garden and a view of mountains. Their names are also real, but some of them - like Grandma Calico and Uncle Toothless - are now on the other side of the rainbow...

The main character of the series, Rascal, is an orange four-year-old male cat. He is not your typical, cuddly "lap-cat". He is always the first one to do things that all rascals do, but his heart is of an Angel... Now he is looking after a small baby kitten, Onyx, recently adopted from SPCA. You will meet Onyx in the third book of the series.

The cats in my books write, read, talk, laugh and cry, and they live their lives like humans. Their stories not only entertain, but they also teach about the world of cats and other animals, traditions, geography, history, survivals skills, and moral values.

Children need no more violence in the books, movies, and computers games. Children need good examples to follow; they need love not hate, they need kindness not anger, they should smile not cry...

If you are a cat lover, I'd be happy to read your "cat stories". With your permission, the best stories could land in one of the future books of Rascal series. Please write your story to me. You will find the appropriate contact at the last page of the book.

About the Author

Boszenna Nowiki lives in Vancouver Canada with her husband – captain of the seas – Pawell, and 8 cats. She started writing at the age of five. Her cats came either from SPCA shelters, wondered over to her house as "homeless cats", or they has been rescued from "some abusive relationships." Boszenna says with a smile: "I love what I do and I do what I love" – that is taking care of her cats and promoting good moral values among children.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Healthy Life Press, Inc. (April 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972732853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972732857
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,805,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I enjoyed the coming of age stories in book one, but I was a little at a loss to know how book two could build on those tales.

Book two turned out to take off in totally unexpected directions: The cats leave Catanada for time-space adventures in ancient Egypt and the Middle Ages. Upon returning home, they have a Home Alone adventure with some burglars that's most entertaining.

The two historical tales swish on your attention like a cat's tail through constant action and learning. I was astonished to see how much educational information the author was able to impart without being preachy or talking down to young readers. Ancient Egypt looks into the veneration of cats, unusual animals and insects, the problems with rodents around the Pharaoh's granaries and superstitious beliefs about cats. The Medieval tale addresses the Black Death, politics at court and other superstitious beliefs while adding its own unusual animal.

The final story about the "cat-foiled burglars" is pure humor. If my daughter had read this book at age 8, the house would have been filled with gales of laughter.

The only drawback to this delightful book is that there's something wrong with the typesetting. Sentences truncate mid-line and start up again on the next line. It's annoying, but if you think of it as a joke . . . it'll add to your enjoyment.

Very nice!
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A Kid's Review on April 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have read many books, and this is one of the best

I can't wait for the next book from this author.

After reading "Why Some Cats are Rascals" Book1, it is almost impossible for one not to fall in love with the characters.

Yes I love this series. Hoping for a book3 and more.

That's awesome! Rascal is great :))

Janet from Arizona
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This second in the "Rascal" series combines the strengths and weaknesses of the first book, though the editing is improving. (The first book was published in Poland; the second in the U.S.) Still, another go at the galley proofs would have been helpful - there are many times the text breaks abruptly into white space and continues on the next line, or the word usage is just plain awkward. (Example: Rascal declares, "We're enjoying learning about cats from and another country and this is our great, amazing, interesting alive book!")

For many readers this will not be a problem. However, if like me you've grown up loving the classic children's stories and continue to read them as an adult, you may wish that the author's imagination, warm heart and desire to teach children about other lands and customs were combined with just a bit more literary style. In many ways, this series is like the popular "Magic Treehouse" series, except that instead of a brother and sister being transported to different places in history, we have a group of seven cats. Sometimes they act like cats, and sometimes (almost disconcertingly), they act like people, using tools and speaking directly with humans. Sometimes their adventures are grounded in reality; other times they are more like fairy tales. After one adventure in ancient Egypt, the cats find themselves in a very unrealistic medieval Europe, which combines a talking dragon with (all too real) references to the Black Death and a truly terrifying encounter with thousands of hungry rats. In the third adventure, a kind of "Home Alone" with cats, they defend their home against burglers - aided by nine more cats!

Although the cats are lightly sketched as individual personalities, I'd have preferred fewer cats and more emotional investment in each.
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A Kid's Review on October 29, 2007
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This book is great. I liked it more than the Book 1 Why Some Cats are Rascals, Book 1. It is made of three parts. In first part the cats have a lot of adventures in Sahara desert. Very interesting. It kept me reading until I finished it. I liked most the third part of the book. The part is titled Cats Alone. It is sooooo funny! The owners leave the cats alone at home. The thieves come to rob the house and the cats are fighting with them. It is like the movie Home Alone, except that it is more funny. I loved it.

I hope to get Book 3 for Christmas

BoB
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A Kid's Review on October 4, 2008
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I have finally finished Book Two! It was amazing! A story where I learned from it and still enjoyed reading, unlike a text book! =] but here it is!I love the adventures Rascal and his gang gets into! First they are "looking for freedom", then they are out in the Enchanted Forest! Now, as they are still in the Forest, the great Prehistoric Cat takes them through the Doors of the Ages. And they visit Ancient Egypt and Medieval Europe! Wow! Some adventures! I wish I could be Rascal and his gang!

~Anna Roztocil, 12 yrs.
Caledonia, NY USA
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