Friday, October 17, 2014

Children's Books:Odie the Stray Kitten and Odie's Best Friend By Kristen Mott

"For Odie, because sometimes the smallest ones
become the biggest inspirations"

Odie the Stray Kitten is a charming book about a little orange and white kitten who lost his family on a cold winter night. He never expected to find a loving forever home in a horse barn. Not only did he find a loving, forever home, he also found hope, new friends and a name.  His name happens to mean "inspiration", which is no coincidence. Odie the Stray Kitten is not only an adorable read for little ones, but it shows that out of something that initially seems like a bad situation, something GOOD can come out of it!

"For Bandit, because every animal
has a story to tell"
Odie’s Best Friend is the second book in the Odie the Stray Kitten Series. It focuses on the story
of Bandit, a gray and white cat, and his journey to find a forever home. His adventures take him
through an animal shelter and life as a stray before he finds a home on the farm with Odie and
their girl. This is the follow-up to 2013’s Odie the Stray Kitten, which was a 2014 Next
Generation Indie Book Award Winner, 2014 Purple Dragonfly Children’s Book Award Honorable Mention, and 2014 Recipient of the Children’s Literary Classics’ Seal of Approval.

Both Odie the Stray Kitten and Odie's Best Friend were lovingly and skillfully illustrated by Lowell Hildebrandt. The illustrations are vibrant and delightful, children of all ages will enjoy them!

Are you ready? Odie and Bandit are based on REAL cats!

Odie and Bandit
This photo came from
Kristen's Facebook Page



Author Kristen Mott has loved animals since she was a child. She graduated in 2008 from the
Indiana University School of Journalism. She now lives on a small farm in Indiana with her
husband and son where they care for two cats, Odie and Bandit, and two horses, Dorothy and
Jace.

Kristen strives for her writing to encourage children to read, write their own stories, and have
compassion for animals. The idea for this book was developed from a response to an article the
author read about the devastating statistics of animal life and death in local shelters. That
response was then spun down and edited into a story suitable for children about how the author
believes Bandit ended up on her farm.

Odie and Bandit
Photo from Kristen's Facebook Page


 The story is a good means for parents to talk to their
children about animal shelters, the reasons they exist, and what they do. It is also meant as a
springboard for questions and discussion about the issue.

These books would make wonderful bedtime stories and would be perfect for pre-school teachers and elementary school teachers (the lower grades), to share with their classrooms.

For more information about the Odie the Stray Kitten Series please visit:

www.kristenmott.com
www.animalstoriesforchildren.blogspot.com
www.facebook.com/odiethestraykitten

Or you can contact the author directly:
kristenmott@gmail.com

Both Odie the Stray Kitten and Odie’s Best Friend are available on Amazon.com, BN.com,
AuthorHouse.com, and other online retailers.

I was not compensated for sharing either of these books with my readers.

36 comments:

  1. These stories look so sweet, so wonderful. Children's books have the best illustrations! :-)

    Hope all is well with you and your family; I've been out of touch for quite some weeks now!

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    1. I feel bad that I hvae been out of touch too! I am so sorry! Lenny had an accident a week ago Wednesday, thankfully he walked away unscathed. It has just been insane here! He can't drive my car because I drive a stick so I have been driving him around and we have been running errands like crazy. Both blogs are on the back burner right now.........it's crazy. Pray all is well with you! xoox

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  2. P.S. I meant to add that it's so cool that there really are an Odie and Bandit! Awesome. :-)

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  3. Teach 'em while young, to love and honor all living things, and show by example that everyone can make a difference!

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    1. Thank you for your comment! There aren't many books appropriate for children that raise the questions about strays and shelters. I felt this information needed to be available to them in an appropriate but realistic way.

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  4. I don't need more than the book covers and pictures of those cats to know that I want to read their stories.

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    1. I agree! They are just darling! I love that the stories are about REAL cats too!

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  5. This book sounds adorable - and how cool that it is based on real, live kitties!

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  6. What a great book. Wouldn't mind reading it lmyself. I think I'll get it under the pretext of giving it to a 7-year-old girl for Christmas. Then I can read it first. Thanks for the good review.

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  7. They sound like great stories AND even more interesting as they are based on real kitties!!

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  8. Thank you everyone, I very much appreciate your support!

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  9. The covers are adorable! What a great way to introduce children to shelter life and the need to help stray cats. And it really made me smile to find out Odie and Bandit are real cats.

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  10. Hey Guys!! There are TWO books here! Not just one, but TWO!!! They are completely ADORABLE!

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  11. So sweet, I had to Pin it. I've been out of the loop and away. Hope everything is okay.

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  12. Too bad our boys are all grown up and no grand kidlets about yet...

    Those look like sweet books.
    We still have a large box full of children's books which include kitty and doggy stories among others.

    Thanks fur sharing!

    Hope your lives calm down a bit, soon.

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  13. Those look well cute. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  14. Love the cover art.....very sweet.....and the stories sound like wonderful ways for kids to learn about animal shelters and how animals sometimes wind up on their own.

    Pam and Sam

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  15. Oh, these are so cute, and I love that the characters are based on real cats. I'm always looking out for good books for my grandsons now, and I love to get them books about animals.

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  16. Thank you all for your comments and support! "Odie the Stray Kitten" paperback is now over 30% off on Amazon and just $2.99 on Kindle. http://www.amazon.com/Odie-Stray-Kitten-Kristen-Mott/dp/1491830603/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1413630251&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=odie+the+stray+kitten

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  17. These stories looks wonderful, and the pictures are adorable ! It's so impawtant to teach the children about shelters and stray cats ! Purrs

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  18. Those sound so good and have such a great message that you can never pass on too early!

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  19. Such a wonderful book series. Mom says she'd like to read them too.

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  20. They sound like wonderful books:)

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  21. Those sound like gweat books.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi

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  22. These sound like great books!
    I know some great kids who will be getting books for Christmas...

    Noodle and crew

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  23. Aw, what great buds they are, that is so sweet. Sounds like a fantastic book for sure.

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  24. They sound like really wonderful books. We love the photos. So sweet! :-) Happy Sunday to you, sweeties! :-) xx Roxy & Tigerlino <3 <3 <3

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  25. Sounds great! The kitties are beautiful too!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  26. These books sound wonderful, and the fact that they are based on real kitties is awesome! We would SO love to read them. :)

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  27. Many thanks for taking the time to read about my children's books, Odie and Bandit say thank you as well! "Odie the Stray Kitten" paperback is now almost 40% off on Amazon, both ebooks are always $2.99.

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    1. Kristen are you kidding? I LOVED THEM!!!!!!! No need to thank me, thank YOU for extending the review opportunity to me, I am honored!

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  28. It is so great to see Odie on your site, Caren! Kristen is so sweet. Yay for cats!

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