Diary of a Snoopy Cat is book number five in the Inca Series. This is a short story about Inca, her family, and crazy antics, all written as though we are reading Inca’s journal.
We follow Inca, a Siberian Kitten, on her first ever solo detective job, around the Christmas holiday. It was brought to Incas attention that there was some shady things going down in one of her furry friend’s homes; a local dog, surprisingly known to hate cats, needed help. His owner’s family friend passed away and somehow his will has gone missing! Inca must help them find the will before they lose their home forever.
I found this book to be a cute read that is a decent length with various characters that kids would really enjoy. I liked that I did not have to read the other books in the series to know what was going on in this one. It is entertaining and filled with enough adventure for children between the ages of four and ten.
I would recommend this book to those looking for a new book for young children. The recommended ages for this are 5-14, but in my opinion, the writing style is geared more towards younger children.
I enjoyed the fact that the author included the recipes from the animals Christmas dinner in the back of the book. My children were really excited to try something that “animals eat.”
With all that said, I had several issues with this book, making it difficult for me to enjoy with my children, thus making it difficult to review.
The story had so many characters that it got a bit confusing at times for my kids. I was also disappointed that the book was severely lacking in illustrations. As a children’s book I had expected less text and more images for a child to focus on that would help tell the story.
I also could not get over the fact that Inca went off on her own to solve the mystery, because she wanted all the glory. When choosing a book for my younger kids, I would like something that teaching them about team work and social skills.
The authors writing style was definitely for her target audience. It was simply written and in bulleted, more like a list or an outline than an actual story. This made it almost impossible for me to stay with the story without getting frustrated and drifting onto something else. For these reasons, I could only rate this book 2 out of 5 stars. With some editing work and more flow, the story could easily become 3 or even 4 stars.