Monday, February 9, 2015

Book:"Piggy" by Karen Malena



Adorable, charming, engaging, humorous, sweet, loving, are all adjectives that describe Piggy by Karen Malena.

Those adjectives are Mom's, but since this is ME, Cody, telling you about the book, and since I am a  cat who has a deep rooted love for MICE, Piggy is a book that I could read again and again. If you know of any little 2-legged humans, they will love it too! So will their pawrents!

My friend Piggy dispels the myth that cats and mice cannot be friends!!  Sometimes the most unlikely of  pairings make the BEST of furiends! Kinda like me and my woofie brother, or my own mousie that you see in the photo above.

Photo Courtesy of Melvin the Mouse's Facebook Page

The story begins when Goober, (a mother cat), is cleaning her kitten, (Peanut) before bedtime.  Peanut couldn't understand why he had to be clean before going to bed, and to distract him, the wise Mama cat decided to tell him a story.

She chose to tell him a story that is "TRUE." "It's about an unlikely friendship, great bravery, heroes and villians. This is the story of the great mouse rescue! THIS IS PIGGY'S STORY!"
Photo Courtesy of Piggy's Facebook Page

Piggy  lives with his human, "Matt" (who happens to be Karen Malena's son), and Matt's Uncle Rick. Piggy , and his buddy Melvin, are ALWAYS on the prowl for FOOD! (Just like ME!)  When Melvin the mouse helps Piggy escape the "claws" of the Skill Crane machine (better known as they giant claw machine that you see that has stuffed animals inside that you have to put coins in to operate the cranes, and then they lift the stuffed animals), they make a deal. Piggy agrees not to eat or hurt Melvin, and Melvin agrees to keep Piggy hooked up with all of the snacks that she could ever hope for!

While sharing adventures such as the giant claw machine, and moving, Piggy and Melvin also had to beware of the mean cat Bolivar, the neighborhood villain!

Piggy is a story of a brave, beautiful cat who got the best of that mean cat Bolivar, and of the incredible and most unlikely friendship that he shared with Melvin the Mouse. 

Mom and I pawticularly loved how Karen describes Melvin's home inside of his mouse hole, (you see, Piggy and I aren't the only ones who love mice, Mom does too!) Piggy is a nervous, hyper sort, (kinda like my Mom, but I digress...), forever moving furniture until it is purrfectly to his liking, he had a spool of thread that served as his table and a small match box that served as the frame of his bed.



Piggy is a story that teaches,
"we don't always have to fight or prove ourselves to be big and strong. Sometimes it's the smallest of creatures who can teach us life's greatest lessons."

Piggy and Melvin experience challenges, obstacles and setbacks. Through it all, their friendship endures. They demonstrate repeatedly how they will risk life, limb (and TAIL!), to help and protect each other. Piggy is a story of of bravery and devotion not just for children, but for those that are young at heart as well!

Background:
Piggy's story came to author Malena while she was working with her Facebook page. She thought, "wouldn't it be nice to give back to Matt's fans all the love and support they give to he and Piggy?" That's how it began. It was Karen's goal to "convey a "tail" which would capture not only children, but people of all ages, especially cat lovers." Peggy accomplished this and so much more in SPADES!!

Karen has a special love for the cat and pet communities and to those who follow Piggy on Facebook.    Some of the proceeds of this book are being shared with some special cat friends on Facebook, My Ferals.

If you can, be sure to get your paws on a copy of Piggy which is available on Amazon. 
Karen and Piggy


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Karen Malena is a cat lover living in Western, Pennsylvania. Her compassion toward others is evident in her writings and blogs. Her interests include reading, weekend trips with her husband, music and nature. Karen is active in her town encouraging others to write though local library programs and author events. She's a member of Pittsburgh East Scribes, a monthly writing group in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

Piggy is a domestic shorthair cat living in Western Pennsylvania. Her interests include tuna, Doritos, Spaghettios, and chicken. She lives with her human, Matt.




35 comments:

  1. This sounds like a very cute book!

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    1. Thank you....we hope many people feel this way!

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  2. Sounds like a great read!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  3. Sounds like a wonderful book and we love the photo with Melvin the Mouse!

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    1. Thank you. Piggy's quite a special cat and also a Facebook diva! Melvin has his own page as well!

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  4. Sounds like a really sweet story :)

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  5. The photo on the cover of that book is priceless!

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    1. It sure is! Stop back Wednesday to see Cody's cover shoot "blooper"...........there was one I took that I was like OMG!!!! (it is with this book)

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    2. It almost looks like Piggy's sticking her tongue out at the world! My son caught her "just so..."

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  6. Caren, I cannot thank you enough for this lovely article. You truly felt what I tried to convey with this story. Piggy and I appreciate this so very very much.

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    1. Karen Hi!!! You are BEYOND welcome!!!!! Your book truly touched me, made me laugh in many parts and it REALLY "hit" me. It is just the most darling book!!! I LOVED IT!!! You are most welcome and it was completely my pleasure!!!

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  7. That looks like a fun read. I wonder if mommy would read it to me?

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    1. It IS a wonderful read and you know what? It is right up your Mom's alley!! You both would LOVE IT!

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  8. We love the photo of Piggy on the book cover!!! There are so many really precious and sweet kitty books........this looks like another goodie......

    Hugs, Sammy

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    1. Oh Sammy, I know you and you would LOVE IT!!!! Your Mom could read it to you!

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    2. Thank you Sammy. My son took that crazy photo of Piggy on the cover!

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  9. We agree sounds like a great bedtime story. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  10. I love stories that teach great life lessons. Sounds like a cute book for sure!
    Oh and that cat and mouse pic is just priceless!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  11. That book looks absolutely adorable!!! When I was a little girl I asked my dad to cut a hole in the baseboard of my bedroom hoping a mouse would move in :)

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    1. that has to be one of the CUTEST things I have EVER heard!!!!!! I love it! I always imagined what their little houses looked like, and this book helped answer my questions!

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  12. That looks like a great book. My hubby reads to Prancie, I will have to get that for them.

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    1. that is also one of the sweetest things ever!!!! Prancie will LOVE this book!

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  13. The cover is a hoot. I just read a great bird book called Birds of Pandemonium.

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  14. That sounds very nice and I like the mouse friend!

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  15. That sounds like a lovely story. The mouse and cat pic is so cute.

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  16. I'll go find a copy of this to read, Cody!

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  17. Sounds like a weally cute story. Glad yous liked it. Weez fink peeps shuldn't be so judgemental too. They might make furiends wiff peeps they never fawt of afur.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

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  18. Sounds like a sweet book :) Love the giant mouse Cody!

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    1. it is and thanks my furiend!! Love, Cody

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  19. Meowmy and pawppy love 'tails' like that. Minko must too, because as soon as meowmy started reading this he jumped on her to make some biscuits...presumably for mousie noms, MOL!

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    1. Haha, that's adorable!! Let me know if your furry family has a chance to read Piggy....

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  20. Sounds like such a special story and book!

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