Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl by Daniel Pinkwater - ADVISABLE
Pinkwater, Daniel Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl, 268 pgs. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010. $16.00. Language-G, Violence-G; Sexual Content-G. Audrey is a character who originally appeared in Pinkwater's The Neddiad and The Yggyssey. She comes from another plane of existence and comes into our "world" and ends up in Los Angeles. After hitching a ride with Marlon Brando, she can't handle his bongo playing and she gets out in Poughkeepsie, NY. There she meets a myriad of people and ends up discovering that there is another person who looks exactly like her but who lived over one hundred years ago. Oh, and did I mention that Audrey has cat whiskers? This is not my first Pinkwater, but it has been a few years. The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death was my first experience with Mr. Pinkwater. I love him. I think that he is one of the funniest authors around, and I really liked this book. At first I did not think I was going to like this one nearly as much as Avocado of Death, but I found myself really getting into as time went on. And it was much less predictable than many of the YA books out there. Obviously, if you know Pinkwater then you know that he is not for everyone, but I still think it is a good idea to have his books on your shelf because there are weirdos like me who love his sense of humor and want to read something that is different than a book with a black cover and a girl in a dress on the front (I don't think I can stomach anymore of those kinds of books). MS, HS – ADVISABLE. Brent Smith, Reading Teacher.