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BOOK REVIEW: HYAM
THE CAT WHO TALKED TOO MUCH
BY PAMELA DOUGLAS

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Cats have a reputation for being curious as well as mischievous. They always manage to get into some kind of trouble caused by their curiosity or tendency to want to play with things. You will see that the author captured all of these things when you read her poems.

This book is the story of Hyam, a cat who is an actor. The poems tell about Hyam’s experiences during his theater life and as a family pet. Through the poems in this book, Hyam tells his side of the story. The book includes poems on many different subjects.

It is difficult to choose from the poems because they are all so good but some of my favorites are: The Dressing Room where Hyam discovered a juicy pork chop and stated “it was better by far than a mouse I had trapped.” Rescue – Hyam climbed up a tree but did not have the courage to go back down and the firemen had to be called in to help. The Rattle-Monster when Hyam could not believe his eyes when he saw a Tram. Love Story when Hyam’s owner got married and he wondered what would happen because up until this time he was the only man in the house.

This book of poems is well suited for readers of any age – from the very young to the very old. Everyone will love these poems but even more so if you are a cat lover. When Hyam describes the various incidents in this book, any cat owner will know what he is referring to because they have seen these things happen many times with their own cat.

Several of the poems will make the reader laugh out loud. The author includes several delightful illustrations that coincide with the poems. The poems contain very descriptive language that help the reader visualize exactly what the author is talking about. The amazing part of the illustrations is that the author, Pamela Douglas, drew them herself. The author does an excellent job of expressing her creativity through these poems.

After reading this book of poems, I now look at my cat in a different way. I often wonder, “What is he thinking about me – his owner?” This book of poems is a very delightful and entertaining read. It is just what one needs after a long stressful day! This book is also an excellent way to introduce your children to poetry.

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, NANCY EATON


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