Thursday, June 20, 2013
Review: ‘Cat Girl’s Day Off’ by Kimberly Pauley
The story is set in an alternate-world Chicago, where some people have extrasensory abilities. The protagonist, Nat, is able to talk to cats — an ability she is convinced is on the level of “party tricks” compared to the remarkable talents of everyone else in her family.
Nat and her friends are propelled into a mystery with the arrival of a celebrity blogger, Easton West, to cover the filming of a movie called Freddy’s Day Off.
Viewing footage of West on the Internet, Nat is the only one who understands West’s cat’s cries for help: “This isn’t Easton West. This is not my person!”
Aided by neighborhood cats, it’s up to Nat to save the day.
Cat Girl’s Day Off is an entertaining read. I especially enjoyed the exchanges between Nat and the various cats: Meep, Tiddlywinks (or Rufus) and Pebbles (or Purr Daddy). The cats know far more about their humans than their humans are aware, and through Nat, we readers are in on the jokes that cats make at their humans’ expense.
We also get to share and be inspired by the love between a cat and his person. More than once, I set the book aside to cuddle my own sweet cat.
Subject Classifications (Partial list, via Dewey Decimal System)
- 006.754-Social Media
- 020-Library and Information Science
- 020.92-Cynthia M. Parkhill (Biographical)
- 023.3-Library Workers
- 025.04-Internet Access
- 027.473-Public Libraries
- 027.663-Libraries and people with disabilities
- 027.8-School Libraries
- 028.52-Children's Literature
- 028.535-Young Adult Literature
- 028.7-Information Literacy
- 158.2-Social Intelligence
- 323.30-People with disabilities--Civil rights
- 658.812-Customer Service
- 659.2-Public Relations
- 686.22-Graphic Design
- 809-Literature--Critical Appraisal