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|Mr. Puffball : stunt cat to the stars|
Author: Lombardo, Constance
[Mr. Puffball #1] Mr. Puffball, a ten-month-old kitten who wants to be a movie star, leaves home and makes his way to Hollywood, where he lands a job at Purramount Studios working with his hero, El Gato, who turns out to be very different from what Mr. Puffball expected.
Mr. Puffball, #1
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.50
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 177440
Kirkus Reviews (06/01/15)
School Library Journal (07/01/15)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/12/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 07/01/2015 Gr 4–6—Mr. Puffball is a medium-sized feline who knew he was different even when he was a mere kitten. After watching the old movie Cow-Cat & Aliens, which stars the world's greatest movie star, El Gato, he realizes his destiny—to be a Movie Star Actor. Readers follow Mr. Puffball on his cross-country trip to Hollywood where he ends up at Purramount Studios. Here he "catapults" himself into the next best thing to being a famous movie star: stunt cat to his movie star hero, El Gato, who turns out to be different from what Mr. Puffball expected. The text is accompanied by humorous black-and-white line drawings. Though the story line and design hint at a younger audience, the narrative is too long for the chapter book crowd. There are places where the pacing slows and many readers will lose interest. The scenes where El Gato pranks Mr. Puffball or loses his temper drag on a bit too long. Although the book ends with a good message, "it's not the whiskers that make the cat, it's what we do with them," it takes a committed reader to reach the end. VERDICT This title is best suited for middle grade readers who appreciate animal fantasies, stories about Hollywood trials and triumphs, and humorous cat drawings.—Paula Huddy, The Blake School-Highcroft Campus, Wayzata, MN - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.