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Cat Diaries: Secret Writings of the MEOW Society Hardcover – April 27, 2010
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I want you to write even more books about cat diaries and dog diaries. I loved both of those books.Published 22 months ago by Emma Jones
Betsy Byars is one of my favorite authors! And this is one of her best books! Hear eleven cat tales (get it? Cat tails! Read morePublished on April 23, 2014 by Flalamingo