Book Review: Catlantis
Catlantis by Anna Starobinets is a fairy tale. It has all the expected components: the knight in shining armor, the damsel in distress, an evil character, magic and a quest. The knight, however, is a rather ordinary house cat named Baguette, who is dressed in ginger furs instead of armor. The damsel is Purriana, who becomes his fiancé and the bad guy is stray, dumpster, black cat, Noir. The quest is to retrieve the catlantic flower (to guarantee all cats nine lives), which involves the magic of time travel.
Translated from Russian by Jane Bugaeva, Catlantis is being promoted as a children’s book for readers in the third through seventh grades, and it would make a great gift for the young people on your Christmas list. But I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot imagine any cat lover who would not be delighted by this sweet and endearing story.
You’ll be cheering on Baguette as he shares notes with Purriana (delivered by doggie housemate, Bonehead) in an attempt to win her heart and when his quest gets sidetracked. And you won’t be able to keep from booing when it appears as if Noir is going to get his way.
Like all good fables and fairy tales, this one does have a happy ending. But you’ll need to read the book to find out just what that is.
In addition to the delightful story, you’ll enjoy whimsical black and white illustrations by Andrzej Klimowski.
Catlantis is available from the usual on-line retailers in hardcover and e-book formats. I regret that I do not have copies to give away.
Disclaimer: The Cat on My Head received one free copy of Catlantis for the purpose of review. All opinions are strictly my own.
Loved this book SO much!
Sounds like a great book!
Athena and Marie
What a sweet fun book!
We loved that one picture you showed us…um…it’s a good one for Tocktober, MOL!
This sounds like such a good book!
What a wonderful book! We’ll have to see if our library has it!
Sounds like a wonderful book! We love happy endings! Thanks for the review!
Thanks for the review. The mom needs to check this book out.
Oh but i wish the villain hadn’t been a BLACK cat. Or, to be honest, a cat at all. I wouldn’t be happy with a calico villainess either. *sigh*
Catlantis sounds like a fun book! I love fairy tales (or should I say furry tales). Baguette seems like the purrfect knight in shining fur! 🙂
That sounds really good and I love the title!
I haven’t heard of this book, it sounds great. Thanks for letting us know about it. XO
Thank you for sharing this with us! I love learning about fun and fanciful reads like this, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. And, the illustrations look like they’ll be a real treat in themselves! Purrs!
We have to see if our library has it, it sounds wonderful. If not we may just have to buy it for Olivia and keep it at our house for when she comes to visit.
We would love to read this book.
Oh fun! Catlantis – I’ve always wondered if it truly exists!
This sounds like such a fun book!
This sounds like a fabulishious book!
Mes posted about the Sunshine Blogger Award today! Thanks so furry much for gifting it to mes!!!
I absolutely LOVED this book! We reviewed it a few months ago, it is such a good book, I was drawn to the name. Just loved it!