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How the Cat Swallowed Thunder Review by Wayne S. Walker

By: Alexander Lloyd
Dutton Children's Books
A division of Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers
345 Hudson St.
New York City, NY 10014

Lloyd Alexander is the award-winning author of many books for young readers, including the excellent Prydain Chronicles, consisting of five books. I was a little disappointed when he endorsed Gregory Maguire's Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, based on and drawn from the children's Oz stories by L. Frank Baum. I read a portion of Wicked and found it so absolutely disgusting and perfectly dreadful that I quit. It is certainly NOT for children, and I question whether it is fit for adults as well.

However, all of Alexander's books that I have read present no problems that I have ever seen. This one is about a cat that is warned by Mother Holly not to get into his usual mischief and tries to tidy up all the mess that he has made while she is away. It is a "mythological" explanation of how the cat came to be able to purr and is rather cute for young readers.

Language level: 1
Ages: 8-14. GOOD.

--Product Review by: Wayne S. Walker, Missouri State Coordinator, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine