February 04, 2015

Stepping up to the plate with this book giveaway

I've got doubles of an amazing little book, so here's what I'm gonna do.  Give you a bit of a book review about it and then offer up one used but in great condition copy of it to a new home- perhaps yours?  It does involve a cat after all, and cats and books should go to good homes, don't you agree?  

Ok, this particular title is more of a children's selection than adult's, BUT in my opinion it fits into a cross over category.  Enjoy today and know that a more "adultish" book review will be posted shortly.

VITALS: "The Fire Cat" by Esther Averill.  Published in 1960, part of a thirteen story collection from the author's "Cat Club" series.
HOW WE MET: my childhood
A MOMENT'S SUMMARY: Pickles the cat doesn't have social cat etiquette down, to the point that he's quite a bully.  Eventually things change as he meets Mrs. Goodkind who helps him find meaningful work.  As a firehouse cat, Pickles flourishes into the brave- hearted feline he was always meant to be.
HEAD AND HEART: the whole cat club series is endearing to me, and Pickles specifically.  How could I not adore him?  He embodies my favorite type of animal personality.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR: Mrs. Goodkind, a "cat lady" (ain't nothing crazy about her) with a perfect descriptor of a last name.
FOR MY QUOTEBOARDS: "Pickles, you are not a bad cat.  You are not a good cat.  You are good and bad.  And bad and good.  You are a mixed-up cat.  What you need is a good home.  Then you will be good." 

AS FOR YOU: Have you decided it's worth the read, or not?  Got an insider scoop on this book?  Carry on the discussion in the comments!
GIVEAWAY:  Two steps to be in the running for this book giveaway: 1) if you aren't already a follower of this blog, sign up to follow Any Given Moment.  Click on "follow the moments" at the top of my blog to get started  2) all participants leave a comment below (if you just joined on, do let me know so I can officially say hello!).  That's it!

The Giveaway ends on Monday, February 9th at midnight EST.  Winner will be announced on Tuesday, February 10th.

Meowmeowmeow (that's catspeak for "I love books"),

*edited on 2/10 - the giveaway is now closed. 


elizabeth said...

I can't remember where I read this book but it is lovely! :) I did not know it was part of a series.

T.J. said...

I have this one and "jenny and the cat club" which has 5 stories in it. Not until way later in life did I realize there were even more!!! Eeeeehhhhh!!!

Amy said...

Hi T.J.
I think I read this book when I was a kid

gretchenjoanna said...

Just hopped over here from Elizabeth's blog - I found this book at a garage sale, perhaps...? It was a long time ago, and the book came to us very beat up. I have read it to my children so many many times. The first time I read it to myself I think I laughed my head off at the psychology of the Fire Cat reduced to learning-to-read prose, and at the hairdo of Mrs. Goodkind. Our whole family never got tired of this story. I don't think I've every seen it featured on a blog or a review, so I am very pleased to find it here, and it endears me to you, so I will have to keep browsing your site. Thank you!

T.J. said...

hi Amy- Here's to a purrrrrfect blast from the past then! And welcome Gretchenjoanna! Mrs' Goodkind is indeed a memorable character, isn't she?!

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