|Leonard (my life as a cat)|
Author: Sorosiak, Carlie
An alien accidently takes the form of a stray cat and must choose whether to return to his planet or stay with his new human friend Olive.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.20
Points: 7.0 Quiz: 511531
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 03/01/2021 *Starred Review* An alien hurtles toward Earth, expecting to shape-shift into human form and work as a Yellowstone park ranger until his scheduled rendezvous for departure. Instead, his shape is decidedly catlike, and his landing spot (a tree in South Carolina) is way off target. What's more, unless he can reach Yellowstone soon, he’s doomed to be an earthbound, mortal cat. Fortunately, 11-year-old Olive, who’s living temporarily with her grandmother, rescues the cat, which she names Leonard. Though sometimes awkward around other kids, Olive is smart, kind, and enthusiastic about animals. She’s stunned when Leonard shares his identity and asks for a lift to Yellowstone. Lonely Olive and curious Leonard have both been feeling adrift and far from home. Now firm friends, they hatch a secret plan involving a road trip that leaves readers guessing until almost the end. Sorosiak, who also wrote I, Cosmo (2019), creates believable characters whose actions are consistent and plausible. Readers will particularly enjoy Leonard’s distinctive first-person narrative, sprinkled with an alien’s refreshing observations about the language, habits, and idiosyncrasies of Earth’s two- and four-legged inhabitants. Visually, the cat silhouettes at chapter headings add an appealing touch. Often amusing and occasionally moving, this imaginative chapter book is never less than fully engaging. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 03/01/2021 Gr 4–7—On a helium planet far, far away, an unembodied species has the opportunity, on their 300th birthday, to travel to Earth and experience life as a human—at least, that's the plan. Our hero has decided he wants to be a park ranger in Yellowstone, but getting distracted while traveling via energy beam causes him to end up as a cat, rescued from a tropical storm in South Carolina by Olive, who names him Leonard. Problem is, at the end of his 30-day window, he'll need to be blown out of the Old Faithful geyser at Yellowstone, or he'll be stuck on Earth forever, and no longer immortal. As the days pass, Leonard comes to learn the joys of having a body (even if he does hack up a fur ball) and, even more, of love. His obligation to meet up with his own kind at Yellowstone, and the challenges of making the nearly 2,000-mile trip, grows more daunting every day. It's only when Leonard enlists the help of Olive and her family that things finally begin to make sense. While this charming story exists in the realm of science fiction, it is more an animal story than anything else, and perfect to hand to young cat lovers. Leonard's surprise at, and observations of, life in a cat's body is spot-on and frequently very funny. His authentic, deepening relationship with Olive—who has been told that she's "weird" because she loves to talk about animals—allows her to stand up and make her voice heard at an important juncture in her life. VERDICT Purchase where eccentric, humorous animal stories are popular.—Elizabeth Friend, Wester M.S., TX - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.