Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Qty:1
  • List Price: $16.99
  • Save: $1.40 (8%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Only 5 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Cat Diaries: Secret Writi... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Solid used copy with visible wear.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

Cat Diaries: Secret Writings of the MEOW Society Hardcover – April 27, 2010

4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$15.59
$9.61 $0.01

Realistic fiction for tweens
Ms. Bixby's Last Day
Wishing Day
All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook
$15.59 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 5 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Cat Diaries: Secret Writings of the MEOW Society
  • +
  • Dog Diaries: Secret Writings of the WOOF Society
Total price: $28.88
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

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
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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.

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,194,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

5 star
67%
4 star
0%
3 star
33%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 6 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
I decided to read Cat Diaries because well, I am a cat lover. I thought the idea of cat's having a diary in the first place sounded rather cute. The premise for children would be funny or so I thought.

Some of the stories were cute and I appreciated the humor in them but most were so-so. Also, I simply could not figure out why the book started with this big convention and then nothing but the reading of the stories by the various cats. It seemed there should have been more action or something. That was a bit disappointing.

However, one thing I did like in the book was near the end. Even though the book is targeted for 2-5 year olds, this seemed something that should have been for the older kids and even adults reading. Essentially, it called for everyone to keep writing their own stories so they are heard and known. After all, MEOW stands for "Memories Expressed in Our Writing", when we write things down, we are creating those memories to share with others about us. That makes me smile.

Overall, not a bad book and I do think young kids would like hearing the stories but it certainly is not for the youngest to read. This is not a picture book and the ages should be adjusted to an emerging reader.

3 stars.

Disclosure: I picked up a copy of this book from my local library. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~M.M. aka Naila Moon
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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!
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Cat Diaries: Secret Writings of the MEOW Society
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Cat Diaries: Secret Writings of the MEOW Society

Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: children's, friend cats