Posted in 5 paws, Middle Grade, Review on April 19, 2015

boy played cats



A thought-provoking tale of one boy’s relationship with the neighborhood cat. Written for confident readers 8-11 years old, this story shows the changes brought about by simply taking a walk in another person’s shoes.

Jake is a wildly imaginative boy who thoroughly enjoys pestering the neighborhood cat with his clever games. But when the tables are turned will he still be amused? Follow along on Jake’s adventure as he discovers what it’s like to be on the receiving end of someone else’s idea of a good time.


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This is a quick read for me, but a book that would be a wonderful teaching took for younger children. A lesson that you should be nice to all animals because you might find yourself in their position some day.

The illustrations are beautiful and capture the story and the characters very well.

If you have young children (say 6-10), this would be a good book for them.

We give it 5 paws up


About the Author

russell whiteheadRussell Whitehead is an author and illustrator of books for children and middle grade readers, a puppet builder and puppeteer.

Russell’s passion for writing comes from his own childhood experiences. The legends and fairytales he heard and read as a young boy sparked his imagination and inspired a lifelong love for children’s literature and fictional characters. Later he discovered the art of puppetry and embraced it as a way to bring those characters to life. He writes to amuse and entertain and to impart old fashioned wisdom in a contemporary way.

Russell resides in Griffin, Georgia with his wife Deb and their dog Dylan. When he’s not in the studio honing his craft, he enjoys spending time with family and entertaining grandchildren. He blogs about children’s and middle grade books as well as various writing and puppetry projects he’s working on.

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