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Review: Catnapped!

February 5, 2016


When a couple puppy pirates plant a fake mouse among the kitten pirates, the kitten pirates come up with a plan to get even.  It’s puppies against kittens in a pirate war!

Catnapped! is the third book in the Puppy Pirates series by Erin Soderberg.  With animals, pirates, short chapters and adorable illustrations by Russ Cox, I think this book will appeal to early readers.  There’s a lot of action and a little humor that is sure to keep them captivated but, for me, the book was just okay.  I had trouble keeping up with all the characters – I don’t think this will bother young readers because it’s really not necessary to do so in order to enjoy the book.  I also found some parts a little too silly.  I’m not crazy about the cover of this book either – I can’t help but wonder why they didn’t use one of Cox’s terrific illustrations.

Overall, Catnapped! was just okay for me.  I have a feeling young readers will feel differently.  Check it out if you have an early reader who loves animals and/or pirates.

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Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
10 Comments leave one →
  1. February 5, 2016 7:57 am

    I haven’t seen the illustrations, but the cover looks like something kids would find funny at least!

  2. Patty permalink
    February 5, 2016 10:57 am

    Yep! No cover love for this one but it sounds cute!

  3. Diane permalink
    February 5, 2016 11:36 am

    He looks like a mean kitty, but kids might find this fun.

  4. February 5, 2016 11:52 am

    Sounds like a cute book, and I kinda like the cover. Sorry you didn’t like it more.

  5. February 5, 2016 5:57 pm

    I’ve been reading a lot of picture books lately so this one sounds like fun. I will have to check this series out.

  6. February 6, 2016 11:14 am

    My son would probably love it. Although it sounds like it might be painful for me to sit through while listening to him read. I think I’ll pass until he can read on his own. 🙂

  7. February 8, 2016 9:21 am

    I think you may be right about having mixed feelings on the cover – but little ones will probably think it’s adorable! 🙂 If you had a hard time keeping track of the characters, I can imagine that little ones would as well, but … hmmmm … they may NOT mind that so much if there’s fun in the book. Thanks for the review!

  8. February 9, 2016 9:19 pm

    I’ll have to look for these. Gage has memorized about 50-100 words but has zero interest in actually trying to read 😦 Maybe something fun like this would encourage him!

  9. bookingmama permalink
    February 12, 2016 5:09 pm

    Kids will love this. I worked at a Scholastic Book Fair and kids couldn’t wait to get books with animals as the characters.

  10. February 13, 2016 9:52 am

    I bet kids will find it fun! I love how books for kids have changed over the years, there are so many great choices to make new readers.

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