I was thrilled to finally read Celeste and the Adorable Kitten, the sequel to Celeste and the Giant Hamster. Author and animal lover Melanie Typaldos brings cat characters to life in a way I had never experienced before, with the story told completely from the cat’s perspective as a cat. It is not a story about a cat who basically acts like a human. Each cat has a distinct personality, some pleasant and some not, just as real cats are. There is a Cat Code of Conduct and a wealth of old cat’s sayings that guide the cats’ choices and behavior.
The adventure in the story is well paced, and all the cat characters are memorable. I loved it. This book is also illustrated by Alexandra Tayts.
From the back of the book: “It wasn’t easy but Celeste the Cat has managed to capture the perfect gift for Mother, a beautiful – and unharmed – red bird that almost looks like one of the ornaments when she tucks it under a strand of Christmas tree lights. Now she just needs to wait for the right moment to reveal it. But everything changes when Father brings home a tiny white kitten that he rescued from the grocery store parking lot. The family dotes on the kitten while Celeste is pushed aside. It eats her food, drinks out of her bowl, and plays with her toys. But not for long! With the reluctant help of her two faithful companions, Ruby and Tiger, Celeste plots to rid herself of the little menace. But instead of finding the kitten a new home, Celeste ends up rescuing Salt from one peril after another until at last she finds herself on a desperate mission to rescue the kitten from the pound.”
I highly recommend reading Celeste and the Giant Hamster first, just to get to know Ruby and Tiger before you jump into Celeste and the Adorable Kitten. But it’s certainly not necessary!
Melanie’s beloved capybara Garibaldi Rous, who makes a cameo appearance in the new book, passed away last week. For more information please visit GiantHamster.com.