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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Metro Cats: Life in the Core of The Big Apple is an animal adventure novel for children and preteens written by Joanne de Simone and illustrated by Jeff Cheney. Lauren and Buster were deeply in love, and Lauren couldn't wait to tell Buster that they would soon be parents. The two were an attractive and distinguished feline couple. Lauren was a Siamese cat with brilliant blue eyes that could flash ice cold when challenged. Buster was a huge red tom with a gloriously full and magnificent tail. He had found Lauren when she was lost and missing her home, and shared his shelter in a body shop car lot. Once he wrapped that tail around her as she sat there, she was his. But now he was missing, and she couldn't help but worry about him. Buster had been out looking for a special anniversary gift for her, when, in a moment of carelessness, he was nearly run over by a taxi. He survived, but his tail didn't. He gazed horror-struck at the one proud appendage, now flattened and inanimate, and knew he couldn't go back home, ever. How could he face Lauren without the tail she loved so much?
Joanne de Simone's animal adventure novel for preteens and children, The Metro Cats: Life in the Core of The Big Apple, is imaginative and filled with the action and adventure one would expect from a tale about cats living in the big city. As I began to read this engaging and entertaining tale, I was taken back to that moment when I first read Richard Adams' classic animal adventure novel, Watership Down, and I realized that I was, indeed, reading a New York City-based tale of equal intensity. Jeff Cheney's illustrations are marvelous! They help the reader visualize the characters and their environment, and the drawings are humorous and profound all at once. I had a grand time reading The Metro Cats: Life in the Core of The Big Apple and recommend it most highly to cat lovers, adventure fans and children of all ages.