Piggy by Karen Malena is a delightful story involving a cat and a mouse andtheir unusual friendship. Goober, a mother cat, has an adopted kitten,Peanut, and she entertains him by telling him the story of Piggy the cat and a mouse named Melvin. The story involves an assortment of otheranimals and takes the reader on a journey into the animal world. In aclever twist, Peanut finds out that the story his mother is telling himhas far more meaning than he expected, and that someone close to him isinvolved in a way he had not imagined. The idea of the mother catsoothing her restless kitten with a story is charming, and the storyitself is captivating.
This is a clever story that, although probably aimed at middle-grade age,would be lovely read to a younger child by a parent. I also think olderchildren and even adults would enjoy the story and the antics of theanimals. The author, Karen Malena, has done a really good job of weaving in a few life lessons. The fact that a cat and a mouse can be friendsshows the importance of friendships and helping one another, even though the perception would be that they would be enemies. This is a gentlebook with a story that is fun and enjoyable and also an excitingadventure. It's also about caring for one another and not always takingthings on face value. I think it would make a perfect bedtime storywhere the reader could explain the story and its interpretations to ayounger child.