Monday, March 23, 2015

Book Give-Away! Hissy Fitz by Patrick Jennings, Illustrations by Michael Allen Austin

I cannot think of anything more appropriate on Monday, (the most dreaded day of the week), than featuring Hissy Fitz, a Children's Fiction book by author Patrick Jennings, and PURRFECTLY illustrated by Michael Allen Austin.  Hissy Fitz  is geared towards those ages 7-9,  but if you know ANYTHING at all about cats, if you think you even  have an inkling of what they are TRULY thinking, and if you love attitude cattitude, then you are going to love this book too. While the younger crowd will no doubt get a kick out of  the cantankerous Hissy, I believe it is the adult cat lovers who will completely understand Hissy's purrsonality. Hissy does NOT suffer fools gladly!

The title alone is brilliant and intriguing. So much so that when my husband passed by the table where the book was resting, he mentioned, "that is one CLEVER title." 

The book is MORE than clever, it's CRAZY GOOD FUN!

 A popular middle-grade writer moves to chapter books  with this humorous tale about a cat that makes Grumpy Cat seem cheerful. Perfect for fans
of Geronimo Stilton and Dog Diaries.

 Hissy Fitz lives with some two-legged creatures who are destined to serve him in every possible way and understand his every whim. Sadly, these creatures are
sorely lacking in their skills. For one thing--they touch him when they want to touch him. Don't they know that the two-legged are there for him to touch when he wants to--meaning when he wants food? Petting wakes him up! They speak to him--don't they know the two-legged should be seen--so Hissy knows where to
order food--and not heard! It's becoming intolerable. What is this irascible cat
to do?

 A moment ago, I was happily napping on the windowsill in the sunshine,
dreaming I was flying through the air, catching sparrows in my claws.
 Now I’m awake. Georgie woke me. I wouldn’t do that to her.

Hissy longs to leave the annoying "two-legged" people in his home and sets off for an adventure. Will his travels make him appreciate his home more? You will have to read the book to find out!

Hissy Fitz is a Children's Fiction book  with an EDGE! It is chock full  of sarcasm and snark.. If I were a cat, I would want to BE Hissy Fitz!

Author Patrick Jennings obviously has a unique understanding of cats. The kind of understanding that doesn't come from merely observing cats. It comes from sharing your life with cats and having the ability to look into their eyes and completely "get" what makes them "tick" (or what we lesser humans THINK makes them "tick"!)

The illustrations by Michael Allen Austin appear to be done in graphite, and while having a realistic appearance, they also possess the perfect amount of whimsy,  and eccentricity that you would expect from a book with the name Hissy Fitz!  There is so much realism in many of the photos and an understanding of the physical characteristics that are unique to cats, that the illustrations often appear as if they will come to life on the pages.

ISBN: 9781606845967
Pages: 128
Photo Courtesy of

 About Patrick Jennings
 Patrick Jennings grew up in northwest Indiana with a bunch of siblings and a
book in his hand. He moved to Bisbee, in southern Arizona, where he taught
preschool, and later left the desert to live on the coast in Washington State.
He travels to schools around the country, speaking to students and parents, and
runs a creative writing group for middle-graders. Patrick lives with his
daughter in Washington State. Visit his website.

 I am having a WORLD-WIDE GIVE-AWAY (a $14.99 value), because it is ME who will be mailing the winner(s) their books. Entering is easy! Just enter on the rafflecopter below....don't know a child aged 7-9? Enter anyway and "gift" it to a friend, donate to your local library  or to a school, or keep it for yourself, as I mentioned, ADULTS will get a kick out of Hissy Fitz as well!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review/give-away. I was sent two copies of Hissy Fitz in exchange for my honest review.


  1. This sounds like a really cute book! I'm entering, and if I win it, my human will read it but then she is passing it on to her boyfriend's niece! She is about 8 (my human is terrible with kid ages).

  2. Sounds like such a cute and fun book!!

  3. Sound like a fun book for kids :)
    Good luck for all enters, Me does believe mini human will love it

  4. There are plenty of big kids around here!! I think I need this book so I can be more effective as President of NUCAT MOLMOL. Have a great week :)

  5. sounds fun and well cute. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. Oh wow that really looks like a fab book and I totally LOVE the cover art! That cat says it all doesn't he?? HAHAHAHA We'd love to win this one.

    Hugs, Sammy and Mom Pam

  7. Lovely. I entered and it looks like funs.

  8. I'm in. It sounds like a fun book that my great granddaughter would love.

    Have a fabulous day. Scritches to Cody. ☺

  9. Sounds super cute!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  10. We loved it and did our own giveaway so we're not entering.

  11. what a great book review! Cheers to the author!

  12. Wowwzers! This is my kind of book! mes going to goes and have a look at Patrick's blog right now! And Cody, tomorrow is Finish the Sentance Game day at my blog, don't forgets!

  13. It sounds like a great book. Happy Awww Monday!

  14. Oh what a sweet book! My little grandson Jayden loves to read, he is 4, and everytime he gets a new book he runs to his mom so she can help him read! Thank s for this giveaway and the great share!

  15. Sounds like a great read!
    Have a super week...

    Noodle and crew

  16. That is one dude of a kitty!

    Sounds like a furry fun read...meowmy do you even have time to read anymore?? MOL!