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Chalky and the New Sports Car Hardcover – 1 Feb 2014
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Chalky Loves Cars. A heart-warming children's story about a real cat on one of his many daily adventures.
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I’m still an unabashed dog fancier, but there may come a day when a lad or lass of the feline persuasion will enter my life, but that’s another story…
While I often lament the “extremist minimalist” movement in picture books these days, this is one book where I don’t mind the spare narrative as it gives the reader and pre-reader lots of room to make the book their own.
The art truly LEAPS off the page, and the spare text does its job while leaving a lot to the imagination. The most apparently noticeable touch for all us wordsmiths or ones in training is the creative use of fonts.
(If you’re read Jon Scieszka’s “The Stinky Cheese Man” or the “Geronimo Stilton” series, you know of what I speak)
Most books about cats (at least when I was growing up) were stereotypically aimed at girls, and while that persists, this a book that I’m sure girls would love is also something boys would enjoy given Chalky’s rambunctious spirit and physically charged curiosity.
As my feline friend and colleague, Dempsey Woyzeck (of Swinebert and Dempsey/@Swinebert_and_D) has said when I read him the story-
“For every dog lover who got ‘stuck with a cat’ will find newfound respect and interest in the feline mystique.”
High praise straight from one well-read kitty! (Since he too has a human who still wants a dog, but learned to love cats thanks to Dempsey)
Plus, those of you who LOVE kernels of truth in your reading will be glad to know that titular cat has a real life basis!
Even when I had issues with cats in real life from a personal perspective, I still found them fascinating from a writer’s perspective, and while I’ll always be a dog lover, “Chalky and The New Sports Car” is a short and sweet, but bold taste of my newfound appreciation for cats, and I was honored to have had a small part in bringing this book to readers everywhere!
-An abridged version of the original review from TalkingAnimalAddlicts.com