KITTEN THE DOG

KITTEN THE DOG

ABOUT THE BOOK

Little Margi has always wanted a cat for a pet. So when her father brings home a catlike dog instead, she takes it upon herself to make the best cat out of him. Kitten is given daily lessons on how to be a good feline and, although this confuses him, he tries his dogged best.

But one days, recalling all the things his mother had taught him, a desperate Kitten runs away in pursuit of loftier–and canine–adventures. On an excursion that is by turns thrilling and perilous, who knows where Kitten might land up next! Will he be shipped off to a new home, reunited with a heartbroken Margi, stranded in a dog-eat-dog world or go on to braving the next big adventure?

SNAPSHOT REVIEW

  • Easy-to-read language and format for young readers.
  • Told in first person by Kitten the pup, which makes for a quirky perspective.
  • Features a single-parent family of a father and daughter.
  • Archana Rajagopalan’s illustrations, especially of all the dogs, are terrifically cute.
  • Is the story set in the US or India? Hard to say.
  • Is Margi a six- or seven-year old or a tween? Not clear.
  • The dog is fed a lot of chocolate, which can be fatal for dogs, especially small ones.
  • Ludicrous and simplistic plot. Loss of mother not adequately explored, nor the message of being who you are.

CONCLUSION

A cute, simple story about friendship and being yourself, but could have been better told and fleshed out.

BOOK DETAILS

Author: Priyanka Talreja Garegrat
Illustrator: Archana Rajagopal
English,104 pages, Rs 199.00
ISBN: 978-0-143-33420-0
Penguin, 2017
Subject Category: Fiction/Animals
Age-group: 8+

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