- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 7
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Cheshire House Books (August 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0967507340
- ISBN-13: 978-0967507347
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sam the Cat: Detective (Sam the Cat Mysteries, No. 1) Paperback – August 1, 2000
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A Private eye is born. -- Chicago Tribune, April 1, 1993
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If Philip Marlowe came back as a cat, he'd have come back as Sam...All the deadpan humor is here... -- TV Guide's Parents' Guide to Children's Entertainment, Summer 1993
Recommended for ages 8 to 11. -- New York Newsday, January 31, 1993
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If you like this book, you'll want to look for its two sequels, "The Big Catnap" and "The Maltese Kitten." Both right here in the Amazon catalog.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is such a fun book. Technically, I'm a little older than its target demographic, but I enjoyed every word. (I especially liked the words, "airless like the inside of a cow." That just gets me giggling whenever I think of it.) I've read a few adult hardboiled detective books, and this author gets the tone just right, only for a slightly younger crowd.
If you're an adult (notice I didn't say "grown up") reading this for yourself, you'll whip through this book in just a few hours, if that. I suspect this would be a good book to read aloud to children, but I can't prove it since I don't have any. I would have enjoyed this as a ten year old, though. The author doesn't talk down to her audience, though occasionally she has Sam explain certain terms, like "cat burglar" to other cats just in case the younger readers get confused. It's subtly done, though.
I really like this book and can't wait to read the other two
In this book, Sam is approached by Brighid (Miss Wonderful) to help her find her lost kitten. She's of course, a beautiful liar. Sam discovers the kitten is a valuable Maltese from a line of cats dating back to the 1500's and the plot just gets thicker from there.
Even for adults, this is an enjoyable read and a quick one at just 133 pages. I highly recommend Sam and hope to see another novel by Stewart soon!
To my astonishment, the story more than lived up to the promise of the cover art. Stewart sustains her gentle send-up of a hardboiled Los Angeles detective story throughout. I remain surprised that Sam is considered a children's book--it's a classic that I'd recommend for adult mystery fans, certainly those who like cats.