Katt vs. Dogg – James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein

Katt vs. DoggKatt vs. Dogg by James Patterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: April 1st, 2019
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Recommended Age: 7+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Adventure, Animals, Humor


You know, I didn’t expect to actually learn meaningful information about cats and dogs from this fiction book, but that’s my fault for underestimating a middle grade story as well as the great James Patterson himself. For example, I had no idea cats could climb up trees easily but had difficulty climbing down them.

In this partially illustrated tale, cats (katts) and dogs (doggs) despise each other. They believe it is in their nature to do so and barely even question why they have such hate toward one another. It just is. It’s an instinct. It’s what makes this world go round.

Until… one katt and one dogg become lost together in the wilderness and must join forces to survive the creatures that roam the night and day and the many other obstacles that keep them from running back to their camps.

It is delightful. I dearly appreciated the illustrations and couldn’t get enough of the two main animals: Molly, the katt who dreams of becoming an actress, and Oscar, the cute little dogg who gets distracted very easily.

This is the sort of book that you can finish in one sitting without problem. The story flows extremely well—it doesn’t drag nor info dump you—and it feels like the kind of story that should have been told a long time ago. Maybe it has, but the way these authors handle the topic is original, and I for one hope a second book is planned.


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