The Adventures of Phatty and Payaso: Central Park Paperback – August 24, 2018
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"Entertaining and accessible, The Adventures of Phatty and Payaso is a fun early chapter book that emphasizes bravery and compassion." - 4 Stars, Foreword Reviews
"Middle-graders will surely devour this and hope for a sequel involving this cast of characters." - Blue Ink Review
"A feel-good novel for readers of all ages that teaches the importance of accepting others, regardless of their differences. The duty of saving his mother's jewels, and quite possibly his life, lies in the paws of Phatty the cat, from the evil hawk, Crawler, along with the help of family and friends along the way. This is a good versus bad plot that even has a twist ending." - Rachel Dehning, Manhattan Book Review
"A delightfully original and deftly crafted novel by an author with a genuine flair for anthropomorphic character and narrative driven storytelling, Marie Unanue's "The Adventures of Phatty and Payaso: Central Park" is an unfailingly entertaining read that is unabashedly and unreservedly recommended for community library Contemporary General Fiction collections." - Midwest Book Review
From the Back Cover
Phatty the cat loves nothing more than spending his days balanced atop his favorite chair gazing out his windows at Central Park below. Everything is simply fan-tabby-lous until one day when the meanest hawk in the park lands on his terrace and makes a terrifying announcement that he is coming for Phatty and his furry little friends.
When Phatty decides he is tired of being a scaredy-cat, he jumps into a laundry bag and escapes to Central park to stop Crawler the bully hawk once and for all. But his unplanned operation goes horribly wrong when he finds himself alone and lost in the park. When his best friend, Payaso, realizes his partner in crime is missing, he teams up with several animals to find Phatty. As the band of furry pas set out on a hilarious journey, they quickly realize that if they put aside their differences and work together, it might just be enough to save a loveable undercat-and each other.
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What struck me was the similarity of Phatty and other animal talking books:
Incredible Journey, Charlotte’s Web, Guardians of Ga’Hoole, Watership Down, and Animal Farm to name just s few. I’m not saying that Phatty is of the same caliber...only time will tell; but it gave me pause to ask the question: Why choose to present important issues in a novel with animals as the main characters? I think I know. Because the same story with people wouldn’t be as exciting or cutting into the heart. I was impressed with the diversity and depth of the characters. I loved Phatty, Racki and Max...even though Max is human. I am definitely in on their next adventure. I suggest you get on board, too. It is a fun and exciting book!
This book is suited well for children 7-12.
It explores a wide gambit of emotions and thoughts all children may have. It can open the door for discussion between you and your child
The lovable characters chosen to deliver these messages are easy to relate to by readers of all ages. The humorous escapades keep the reader engaged and at the same time bring to life the magic of Central Park. This is a charming book and a notable first novel by an up-and-coming author. We hope to read more of Phatty and Payaso’s adventures soon!