Book Review: Cat Tales: True Stories of Fantastic Felines by Penelope Rich, Isabel Muñoz (Illustrator)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Genre: Non-fiction
Publisher: Arcturus Publishing
Publication Date: April 1st, 2021
Pages: 96, paperback
Source: NetGalley

Cats may love snoozing in sunny spots, but our furry friends are capable of so much more! In this beautifully illustrated full-colour collection, you’ll discover the incredible true stories of talented, brave, and clever kitties whose exploits have made them world-famous.

This heart-warming book includes over 40 cat stories, from ancient Egyptian kitties to internet sensations Grumpy Cat and Bob the Streetcat. These tales are bought to life by remarkable illustrations by Isabel Muñoz.

Find out all about:
• Gracie from Reedsburg, Wisconsin, who saved her owners from a carbon monoxide leak
• Tama, the station master cat of Kinokawa, Japan
• Masha, the stray cat who rescued an abandoned baby on a freezing night in Caluga, Russia
• Stubbs, the feline mayor for Talkeetna, Alaska …
• and so many more!

You may already know Bob the Street Cat and Grumpy Cat, now it’s time to meet Masha, Tama, Mayor Stubbs, and over thirty other completely clever cats. In Cat Tales, by Penelope Rich, there are forty profiles of famous, and not-so-famous felines from ancient history to modern day internet sensations. 

Some of the stories are inspiring, and all are interesting. Cats were domesticated more recently than dogs, but there are more cats in households in the U.S. than dogs, and it’s easy to see why from these vignettes. The illustrations by Isabel Muñoz perfectly complement the tales. (The drawing of Masha is my favorite.)

From soldier cats to sailor cats to nanny cats, and all cats in between, this is a great book for not only its target audience of middle graders, but adults.

Highly recommended.

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