DR. MEL'S MESSAGE - From my novels to my other projects, no telling what you will read. This is the only place you will get to read about how I developed a screenplay into a novel and what is the driving force. I will talk about many things from films to books to acting to producing. It really will depend on where my mind takes me. I hope you will join me on this journey.
Stray kitten Kitty faces fears and uncertainty when humans rescue him from a life in the wild. He is placed in a new home with the grumpy house cat Taz, but as often happens with adoptive families, acceptance doesn’t happen quickly. When Taz is taken to a cattery, Kitty sets out on a dangerous journey to rescue him, with the hope of winning Taz’s approval. He is helped by the local, feared black cat Mr. Black, and his best friend Biskitt, the female cat who lives next door.
Wherever Kitty goes he is mistaken for a female cat, but Kitty doesn’t care if he’s male or female, he just wants to be a cat.
The journey to find Taz forces, Kitty, to overcome his greatest fears, but more importantly, Kitty learns to become the cat he wants to be.
The information about this book suggested an audience age of 8 - 12. Well at 71 I read this to my 4-year-old granddaughter and we were both engrossed and couldn't wait for the next reading session. Admittedly she was a little traumatized with events at the beginning (I'm not going to give away the plot) but, with a little encouragement, I got her to persevere, and then she was asking me to read more each time I saw her. On holiday she was continually pointing out cats that looked like the cat characters from the book.
The book is cleverly written. I found the characters of the cats to be recognizable from cats I have owned and so believable. The story it weaves of a cat determined to be accepted for who he/she is excellent. In the journey to find his housemate in a cattery, Kitty finds him/herself and self-belief.
I really enjoyed the storyline of this book, you really get invested in Kitty as a character, and all the other characters he meets along the way. The plot is very gripping, with funny & serious moments along the way.
I also like how the book briefly touches on an LGBT topic of ‘gender identification’, very nice way of approaching this subject for younger children, and even teenagers to young adults. My newphew who is age 11 really enjoyed reading this over the summer!