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Thaddeus Whiskers and the Dragon Paperback – January 24, 2015
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I forget how quickly children's books fly by, and this is the first one I've read in quite some time. I'll start by saying I'm WAY older than the target audience. So my review will reflect an adult's take on it.
Thaddeus is a cute little kitten that has no control over his life that quickly spirals down into craziness. He's taken from his beloved owner and sent far away to be trapped in a cage.
Burke does an amazing job of capturing the mannerisms of a cat, or rather kitten, and showing just how big Thaddeus' world is in comparison to himself. I smiled several times at Thaddeus' antics and thoughts, as they definitely were very cat-like(I say as the owner of two devilish cats).
Though there are a few "darker" moments, they don't last long enough to scare a child(I don't think), which is perfect.
I loved how everything wrapped up and the unique characters, especially the characters of Snickersnout and the wizard(Hermes?).
I read a chapter to my oldest, and her take on it was, "Where'd the bad guy go?" She has a fascination with bad guys and apparently thought Ambrosia needed more scenes. She liked the dragon and the kitty.
I'm sure when she's old enough to read it herself, she'll tell me what she thinks.
For me, it was a little young(duh) and at times I was frustrated with the selfishness of Thaddeus and Clarice(Thaddeus not talking to Grandious, but he'd talk to the rats. And Clarice not caring that half of her court is sneezing their brains out.), but I do realize those are entirely in line with kitten and child behavior. Darn being an adult and expecting everyone to act mature. :D
So I'd rate this 3.5 stars for my personal take on it, but I think a child would enjoy it more and fall absolutely in love with the fluffy kitty and his dragon friend.
Tension, humour, … nothing Burke can’t handle! Brought in a well balanced way!
A lovely tale for all ages, which often gave me similar feelings as when I (re)read Alice in Wonderland or Tolkien. But I’m sure Clarice and Grandious have something to do with that ;)
I absolutely love the interaction between so many of the different characters and how they help each other in this story and happening to know a little bit about the author, I am not surprised at all that a cat and a dragon are so prominently and wonderfully featured.
Delightful story for both young and old.