Creature Cat Tales by M. G. Rorai

Feline lovers and lovers of odd beasts will want to check out Creature Cat Tales by M. G. Rorai.

Rhyming stories of cats with wings, zombie-cats, cats with webbed feet and more abound in this zany collection filled with helpful life lessons. Each poem is followed by colorful illustrations of these creatures by Sona & Jacob and a life lesson also in rhyme and bolded text.

If you enjoy whimsical poetry, you’ll adore Creature Cat Tales.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Book Excerpt:

Mary was a water creature

with webbed feet and tail;

her kind glided through water

as naturally as whales.

Her brother swam strong

while her sister liked to splash

Mary liked neither;

she certainly wasn’t rash.

Her tribe would hold parties

in the ocean so vast;

Mary always stayed put;

Bereft, alone and outcast.

She remembered when they were little

Running up and down the beach;

Life was the cat’s meow

to use a figure of speech

Her mother taught them to wade

and paddle just like so

then dive into the deep

and catch the fish below.

Mary had a secret

that she never said out loud;

she kept it to herself;

this thought she was not proud.

Mary was afraid of drowning

she didn’t want to chance

breathing in the water

and doing a drowning-cat dance.

So she sat on the shore

while others went out to play

until she heard a desperate mew

coming from the water one day.

A cat had fallen

from an overhanging tree;

there were no other creatures around

she would have to go into the sea.

Mary gathered her courage

and paddled out to help;

She reached the kitten in time;

As she grabbed it, it yelped.

As she pulled the small one to safety

she saw a crowd had gathered

cheering her on;

showing how much she had mattered.

Back on the shore

her siblings praised her actions

she was their quick-thinking sister

Mary grinned with satisfaction.

After that day

Mary realized she swam well;

She stopped fearing the ocean;

And now has sea stories to tell.

Fear can hold back

some truly great moments;

have the courage to try

so you don’t regret postponements.

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09GCTCT4Q
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Independently published (September 16, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 79 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8477962471

I received a free digital copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Life of Shouty: Good Habits by NeonSeon

Shouty ignores the advice of a man who encourages him to develop good habits. He doesn’t plan and prioritize. He chills out and relaxes. He doesn’t floss every day. His room is a disaster. He watches too much TV and his lawn is an unmanageable, overgrown mess. Looking in the mirror, he has a great vision of who he could be and begins making changes to find that person.

In this motivational children’s book geared toward ages 7 and up, the reader finds a rhyming story meant to instill good habits in kids early on. Life of Shouty: Good Habits by NeonSeon does mention important traits like setting goals, prioritizing, reading over watching TV, and taking care of your teeth. I’m not certain, however, that a book where an adult avoids paying his bills and lets his lawn grow up to his chin is the most effective for young readers. Overall, I believe the book will go over kids’ heads. While the cover art and interior illustrations are cute and whimsical, kids might not understand things like the “Something for Nothing Currency Exchange” or the “Live for the Moment funeral home.”

The main thing that caught my eye, however, is the quote on the back of the book. Here we have a book that is meant to motivate kids and it has a negative quote from Shouty on the back:

 “I have this great vision of who I could be!

As I look in the mirror, that’s not what I see.”

I would have preferred to see a more standard back cover blurb.

Shouty Mack started out as a comic strip geared toward high school students. It would work well for that market and older, but it misses the mark for younger kids. That said, I also have the second book in this series, Life of Shouty: Food & Fitness, here. I skimmed through it, and it seems much more age appropriate than its predecessor.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:Rixkin
  • ISBN-10:0984206906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984206902
  • SRP: $14.95

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation of any kind to provide my review.