A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Parents can use this book to talk about how to treat animals. Also, they could talk about Native American customs, as the narrator makes references to her family attending powwows.
A cat's life (or lives) may not always be easy, but Woogie the cat brings a lot of happiness to one little girl and her family.
Positive Role Models
The narrator loves her good luck cat, and while she doesn't always make the best choices for Woogie's safety, she is sad when she goes missing and puts out her favorite treats. Other members of the family help with the search.
Violence & Scariness
The cat's life is threatened nine times: Boys shoot Woogie with a BB gun; a sharp-toothed dog chases her; a car nearly hits her; the cat spins helplessly in the dryer, and more.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this book is about a cat who may have used up its nine lives being shot at by kids with a BB gun, accidentally trapped in a dryer, chased by a dog, and more. Families who have recently lost a pet may want to find another book -- but for those considering adding a furry friend to their household, this story can provide a good way to talk about how to treat pets (and also a reminder about their crazy cat antics, like sleeping near car motors and fighting with other felines). Even though this is a picture book, it is probably a better fit for elementary-aged kids.
Is It Any Good?
Beautiful, striped, and scrappy, Woogie’s easy to love, and illustrations of her fighting another cat with her hackles raised or contently curled up next to her food bowl are realistically rendered. While the cat is in constant peril in this book, no actual violence is shown, and the majority of elementary-school kids should be able to deal with the content. They, too, will be most struck by some of the insightful writing, such as "When I pet her she purrs as if she has a drum near her heart."
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