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Nine Lives on the Street Hardcover – March 14, 2016
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Realistically I doubt that Spike will ever have to deal with life on the street—he's truly got it made—but Boo Van Den Pelt wasn't so lucky. (I should mention here that Boo is not a dog but a high class, New York City Persian cat.) His wealthy and indulgent owner up and dies on him!!! Boo lands on the mean streets of Manhattan with a thud. . . and suddenly no one gives a hoot about whether he gets his dinner on time or not.
This cat gets to know a Manhattan that few of us will ever see, fighting for food from a garbage can and looking for a safe place to sleep. If you've ever been on the street yourself, it'll make you appreciate your warm bed tonight.
Boo's journey takes some interesting twists and turns as he struggles to survive in a world that is totally foreign to him. It makes for quite a story and I highly recommend it.
Once I got started I couldn't put it down and two hours later and I had finished it. This is a tale about a pampered cat named Boo who ends up roaming the cruel streets of Manhattan after his wealthy owner croaks. Prior to this harsh transition Boo has only seen the streets from the back seat of his owner's limo and obviously doesn't have a clue about surviving in the cruel world. His odyssey kind of reminded me of Holden Caulfield's wandering and misadventures, without benefit of a big bankroll.
Just remember. . . he does have nine lives.
It reminded me of Roald Dahl's children's fiction, in that it's written from the point of view of someone with relatively limited experience (in this case, a cat), whose observations expose the absurdity and occasional cruelty of those around him. Similarly, you could assume it's a book for a young audience, but it's just as entertaining for adults. In that way, it reminded me of the Lemony Snicket books. It's reminiscent of A Cricket in Times Square, being a sweet and funny urban adventure for anyone who delights in animals.
"the old lady", lying on the floor, and his bowl quite empty. Thus begins an odyssey through an underworld of dogs, alley cats, gangs,
homeless people, and, most alarmingly, a satanic witch cult.
Animal stories told in the animal's own voice have a special appeal, and Jon seems to be a master of this genre. The writing is fast-paced and
funny with just the right amount of pathos. We feel empathy with Boo's lost innocence and relief at his narrow escapes. Like all good animal tales, Boo's reflects life lessons that we humans also face: discernment, trust, loyalty and humility.
be a kid, ever lived in New York, or even particularly like cats to enjoy it. I did and I’m sure my
daughters will. It’s a wonderful book.