Cat-Lateral Damage is a whacky, humorous story, suitable for eight to twelve-year-olds.
Iva Toone, the owner of Toone’s Convenience Store, is a single, middle-aged lady with a hopeless crush on Tom Cruise!
One morning, Iva is shocked to discover evidence of mice in her store. But she need not worry. Her fluffy tortoiseshell cat, Bonaparte, who has exceptional mousing skills, soon solves the problem. What does her ace-mouser get in return? Six cat treats. Not too bad for a night’s work!
As the mouse problem spreads to neighbouring houses, Iva sees an opportunity. She hires out Bonaparte, and each time she does so, she increases her fees. But she doesn’t increase Bonaparte’s reward. Her mouser is miffed!
Regular customer at the store, young Chalky White, comes to Bonaparte’s aid. Cat and boy hatch a planand Iva soon discovers that her secret weapon has talents which extend beyond catching mice!
Will this planbring Iva to her senses?
The title, Cat-Lateral Damage, and the story idea was suggested by Judy’s grandson, Taio.
Cover design: Foxhat
Judy is a retired musician. She has lovely husband, son and daughter-in-law. Her gorgeous twin grandchildren, Taio and Kaia, have inspired these stories. Judy spends most of her days writing, feeding her four cats, trying to control the garden and enjoying walks in the country.
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by Judy Brulo
Bonaparte, a cat un-paralleled in his mouse catching abilities, is the hero at the centre of this funny, moral story for 8-12 year olds.
When the local farmer’s tree clearing activities cause a village to become overrun by a horde of mice, local convenience store owner Iva Toone sees an opportunity to make some money from her top-notch mouser, Bonaparte. Loaning out her faithful pet to neighbours in need of some mouse-catching, Iva is able to make a pretty penny - while Bonaparte must make do with a handful of cat treats! But how can Bonaparte make Iva see that he deserves a proper reward for his efforts?
From Miss Toone’s obsession with Tom Cruise to Bonaparte’s sympathy for a pesky mouse family, this book is full of funny and well-developed characters and paints a lovely picture of a village community. Readers will not only find themselves giggling along with Bonaparte’s antics, but will also be given pause (or paws!) for thought with a gentle lesson on not taking friends for granted. The short chapters will help even reluctant readers become sucked into this whimsical story - also perfect for young readers that are transitioning into chapter books. Give it a read!
Review by Martha Harris 2018