Friday, November 9, 2012

Book Review: "Moo Kitty Finds a Home" By Valerie Lee Veltre Just in time for Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month

Precious, heart-warming, hopeful, educational, delightful are just a few words that come to mind when reading Moo Kitty Finds a Home by Author Valerie Lee Veltre.
Cover Photo Courtesy Of
http://www.mookittyfindsahome.com/

Moo Kitty Finds a Home is based on a true story of a black and white kitty who bears a resemblance to a Holstein cow, hence the name "Moo".

He spent many years in bliss with his human, until one day, she was called to Heaven.

Moo was heart-broken as any kitty would be. He gazed in fear and shock as strangers came into his home, removed all that was familiar to him, and unceremoniously placed HIM by the trash.

Frightened and feeling alone, Moo is visited briefly by three Angel kitties, an orange cat named Fred, a red and white spotted cat named Calvin, and a Calico named Maybelle. They reassure Moo that they are his guardian angels and will guide him to safety. They let Moo know that even if he doesn't SEE them, they ARE there protecting him every step of the way.

Moo realizes he must rely on hope, faith and courage and BELIEVE that he will one day find a home. He is sad but keeps believing that it WILL happen.

He meets a nice man who feeds him and takes him to a shelter where he makes many new friends. He soon realizes that most of the families that are coming in want to adopt kittens, NOT an older cat.

He watches his kitten friends, even a rabbit and his gray striped cat friend (appropriately named Stripes) all find homes before him.

How long will Moo have to wait to be adopted? You will have to read the book to find out!


This book couldn't be more perfect, since November is Adopt- A -Senior- Pet- Month


"Each year, six to eight million cats and dogs are abandoned in the U.S. They are taken to shelters, left homeless, and in some sad cases, euthanized."



Photo Courtesy of Petfinder.com

The illustrations in Moo Kitty Finds a Home are colorful and fun eye-candy that were lovingly created by Illustrator Liz Leonard.  If you are interested in seeing more of her work you can visit lizleonardillustration.com
Photo Courtesy Of
http://www.mookittyfindsahome.com/

It is no surprise that this book is a Mom's Choice Awards Gold Recipient:

"This heart-filled story offers an opportunity to introduce children to the concepts of loss, abandonment, adoption and pet-responsibility in a positive and age-appropriate manner. Adorable in every way!" --The Mom's Choice Awards 

In the back of the book is a section that lists the benefits of adopting an adult pet, some of those are:


  • you'll reduce the population of strays on the street by opening shelter space for another animal
  • often animals from shelters have already been neutered, wormed and vaccinated
  • adult animals are more sedate, making them a practical choice for the elderly and families with children


Kudos to Author Valerie Lee Veltre for writing this heart-warming and educational gem! Rest assured that Moo Kitty is alive and well. He enjoys inspecting his flower garden and can often be found in his favorite chair, napping on his mint green blanket. How do I know this? It was Valerie who rescued Moo Kitty and gave him a forever home!! You can learn more about Valerie by visiting valerieleeveltre.com

Moo Kitty Finds a Home
is for ages 5 and up
ISBN: 978-1-60800-010-4
Published by Squidgy Press
an imprint of:
LifeReloaded Specialty Publishing
LLC, Lancaster, PA

It is available at bookstores, libraries, online and at www.MooKittyFindsAHome.com

BREAKING NEWS from Moo Kitty!!! "Save 20%. Do you know it's adopt a Senior Pet Month? You can help one of our favorite non-profits today!

We've teamed up with Kitten Associates to promote ADULT animal adoption! For every Moo Kitty book sold in November, we will donate $1.
00 to Kitten Associates, Inc.

Follow the link and enter promo code: senior12 to get the 20% discount plus free shipping in the continental US!

http://www.mookittyfindsahome.com/promo1.html


I was sent a copy of Moo Kitty Finds a Home for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review. 





63 comments:

  1. Looks like a good read. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Molly it is! Hoping you have a "Fabulous Friday" too!

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  2. That sounds like a wonderful book...especially since it has a happy ending! Maybe we should call Boomer, MOOmer instead. He does have cow spots! MOL!

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  3. Believe me this is a great book. I love all the information included in the back as well, very informative. I, too, loved the illustrations but even the colors add so much to the book. And don't forget, the Cat Writers Association awarded Moo Kitty a Muse Medallion and the World's Best Litter-ary Award!

    I'm so happy for Moo Kitty.

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    1. Andrea Hi! Thanks for stopping by! I didn't know about the CWA Award because I was unable to make the conference...thank you for telling us! I am happy for Moo Kitty too!!! The book was completely delightful!

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  4. Awwwww this sounds like a really amazing read, poignant and hopefully with a happy ending for Moo. Poor Moo! :-( Awwww! Take care
    x

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  5. What a great looking book and a great review!

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  6. sounds like a sad story with a happy ending

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  7. Looks purfect and mum is going to look for it for the grandbeans to read. Looks a purfct stocking filler.. Hugs GJ xx

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    1. GJ both YOU and the "Grand Beans" will LOVE it! It's right up your alley! xoxoxo

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  8. This is a wonderful book for adults and children. Great review, Caren!

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    1. Ingrid you are right, it IS "wonderful for adults and children" Thanks so much!

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  9. That was a great review and looks like a terrific book to teach children about older cats that need homes. It is so important to get this message out there. We wrote about the Seniors today too. Take care.

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    1. Hi Marg! Thank you! I couldn't agree more that it is an important message to get out there. You know I will be over to visit your blog today too! xoxo

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  10. I love the beautiful book cover and the kitty looks really cute. It sounds like a wonderful book for children and I am going to put it in my Christmas shopping lists.

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    1. Priscilla it most definitely IS a wonderful book for children! So glad that you are going to buy it!! xoxo

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  11. great review - mom said she may have to get one for her niece for xmas. Lanah calls those black and white kitties moo kitties :)

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    1. Thank you so much Random Felines! Awwww Lanah will ESPECIALLY LOVE THIS!

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  12. Golly this sounds like a great story about a senior kitty finding another forever home after losing his human. Being a senior guy myself, I can't begin to imagine how confused and sad I'd be to lose my parents after so many years. I also love the cover art - what a super idea for a story JUST IN TIME FOR ADOPT A SENIOR PET MONTH!!! YAY! Great review Miss Caren!

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    1. Awwww Sammy thank you!!!!!!!! I know...don't even think about how sad you would be, that isn't going to happen! Sammy your Mommy would LOVE this book! Thanks so much for your kind words Sammy!!

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  13. seniorz rock N thanx mew cody for allowin uz a sneek peek inta de book....this sounds WAY awesum....hope ewe haz a grate week oh end; eat plentee oh snapper and mackeral !!!

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    1. thank you!!! Ohhh I could go for some snapper right now! :)

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  14. Thank you for the wonderful review Caren and for helping to spread the word about Adult Animal Adoption!

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    1. Hi Moo Kitty! You are MOST WELCOME! It is my pleasure! Thank YOU for writing this ADORABLE, informative and IMPORTANT book! xoxo

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  15. Senior kitties are a true joy and it sounds like Moo is too.

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  16. Sounds like a purr-fect book for gift giving! We're checking it out!

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    1. Colehaus I think you are gonna love it and yes it is PURRFECT for gift giving!

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  17. That book sure sounds sweet. We know a few little beans, and this sounds like a terrific gift. :)

    Great message about adult cat adoption. We love senior kitties (like our sweet 19 year-old senior Sammy)!

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    1. Oh Meowmeowmans we know you "walk the walk!" This book IS terrific and I know that when you get it you will be happy that you did!

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  18. The book sounds good and pictures are great, I couldn't read it myself though. I'd cry all through it. I've learned too much about its message the hard way.
    Senior cats do need special attention, new homes for the rest of their lives so they are loved. Too many people let them go after they reach a certain age. So traumatic for those poor kitties.
    We have an 8 yr old white Princess Carley,
    she has to live in my son's room, which she is happiest, we literally saved hr at the last minute. So this book is important for all people to see.

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    1. Connie Marie oh it IS! Nooo YES you could read it! It is short and it is a HAPPY story!
      We agree that this book is extremely important to see. ((((hugs)))) to "Princess Carley"

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  19. That book is not only a heartfelt story, but there is such an important message. A book for humans and animals of all ages. Such a moooving story. Sorry, that was silly. Maybe I need a 'psycowatrist' :)

    A peaceful weekend to you.

    Gary and yes, Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! :)

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    1. "psycowatrist" MOL...Gary and Penny you are silly!

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  20. Thank you for the review. And you're right it is perfect for November.
    Snuggles,
    Benny & Lily

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    1. you are welcome Benny & Lily! Glad you enjoyed it.

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  21. I had the pleasure of meeting Valerie last year at the Cat Writers' Conference and am so thrilled for her success and the important message she is able to spread through Moo Kitty. Concats also to her for winning a much deserved Muse Award at this years conference for this book!!

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  22. I'd love to read this especially after hearing it won the award for best children's book.

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  23. Hi Karen & Cody!! You can use any post for Weekend Cat Blogging! So come back and leave a post for us!!
    Your TX furiends,

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    1. Ohhhh Thank you!!! I will be right over!!!! :)

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    2. Pops got our Buddy Bud from where he was working and he is an elder. Now a few years later the old guy has fit in with all of us very well. Purrs for a great book.

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  24. This book sounds so sweet! What a great idea for a story.

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  25. That looks and sounds like a lovely book and perfect for a Christmas gift.

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    1. Yep...a lovely book with a most important message! It is a great "anytime" gift :)

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  26. We're rooting for Moo Kitty! What an adorable and heartwarming book. And what an important message too.
    xo

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  27. Sometimes the Human thinks about 'dopting a furiend for me that is a growed up Kitteh. I am not so sure I like this idea, but she says "We'll see, Spitty." Hmmmm. This sounds like a real good book, though. We thought it was great that the Little Cat Feet kitties and their Humans 'dopted Patches who we fink is 17 or 18! XOXOXO

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    1. Hmmm...Spitty I know your Mom's intentions are good...but I don't know.....my Angel Bobo was an "only" kitty for many, many years and he never would have allowed me to do that. xoxoxo

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  28. Hi Cody! and Miss Caren and Dakota! What a nice book. And I am hearing the same thing Spitty is...they are talking about adopting another kitty, but are afraid I will stop showing my REAL SELF as much as I have (I still have lots hidden)...and not sure to try younger, like 6mos-2years or older...male, female...and landlord has to OK as well...very complex, best they just focus on me...thanks for your insights Cody...got that one solved!!! MOL Savannah

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    1. Savannah I am gonna say the same thing to you......I don't know....each cat is different. It could be a GREAT thing...or not......the intentions are from the heart and wonderful though.

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  29. That sounds like a great book and a very important conversation to start having with children when they are young, so hopefully in the future not so many pets are abandonded. It's heartbreaking to know how many end up in shelters every year. I always adopt and will continue going that route, especially for the older cats who have never lived in a cage before and are suddenly dumped off. It just kills me....

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    1. Sarah you are so right. Suddenly dumped off or worse yet, abandoned without dropping them off. Tears me apart

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