A WISHING SHELF REVIEW

26th July, 2017
TITLE: Ninja Spy Cats
AUTHOR: R.F. Kristi

Star Rating: ****

I do enjoy a good adventure and this is what this is. R. F. Kristi, the author, has plotted a fun and, often, very exciting children’s novel. But not only that, he’s given the reader an array of interesting characters (most of them rather furry with whiskers) to follow, and framed everything in an accessible style of writing.

Now, this book is the fourth in the set but don’t worry. I have not read the first three but it did not hamper my understanding of who was who and what was happening. The story is all about a gang of cats – detective cats! – who get mixed up in a mystery/adventure involving missing documents, spying and a hefty dollop of ninjas! The story is pretty non-stop and, for the most part, is well-plotted with plenty of twists and turns to keep any young adventure-addict happy.

I was particularly impressed by the style of writing. Many authors tend to describe setting and characters in hefty lumps of text. This might work for adult novels but it can kill a children’s book. Thankfully, this author is wise to this, cleverly mixing up speech, exciting deeds and the describing of
character and setting. Subsequently, the writing felt light and not at all like wading through cauliflower-cheese. And, where there is description, it is imaginatively written.

I was also glad to see there was plenty of comedy in the story, an important aspect of any book for 7 – 10 year olds.

Fromage, the cheese expert in the family, was particularly amusing.

So, would I recommend this story. Yes, absolutely. Any child, approx. 7 – 10 would love this thrilling story of detective cats battling to save the world. In fact, I’d go as far as to say it would make the perfect gift for any reluctant reader (particularly a boy).

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Reader’s Favorite

“The illustrations are bright and lively and breathe life and movement into the scenes and characters. The detailed and descriptive narration makes the scenes and the characters vivid and real. The book is an excellent bedtime story book and can also be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. The furry family of Inca is charming and lovable, and kids will love reading their adventures.”

Reader's Favorite

5/5

The story is entertaining and engaging

Reader’s Favorite

“The story is entertaining and engaging and it’s a must-read for all pet lovers, especially cat lovers as it highlights the intelligence of these feline creatures. All the characters – felines, dogs, hamster, and humans – are well portrayed. The illustrations are colorful and adorable and connect young readers well with all the characters in the story. The bonds of friendship and Inca’s leadership qualities stand out in the story and it also captures the essence of the Christmas season beautifully.”

Reader's Favorite

5/5

R.F. Kristi Discusses Christmas Cats

Author’s Interview

“The need to write the Inca Cat Series is based on my fondness of the real-life characters. To be honest, once I started writing about Inca and Cara, the ideas seem to flow and the different characters sprang from the need to keep the story moving. I guess the fact that I love animals, all types of animals and my interest in rescue efforts made the writing easier.”

The Children's Book Review

5/5

The Children's Book Review

5/5

Reader's Review

5/5

Reader's Review

5/5

Reader's Review

5/5

Reader's Review

5/5

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