Review: The Fast and the Furriest by Deanna Kent

Title: The Fast and the Furriest
Series: Snazzy Cat Capers
Author/Illustrator: Deanna Kent/Neil Hooson
Release Date: September 17, 2019
Publisher: Imprint
Pages: 224

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Life is short. Save the world, live to tell the tail.

Ophelia von Hairball V of Burglaria, international kitty of mystery, is always fishing for a new mission im-paws-ible.

So when a thief steals a dangerous artifact from its vault, the Furry Feline Burglary Institute (FFBI) puts Ophelia in charge of stealing it back.

But when the catโ€™s away, the dogs will play. The Central Canine Intelligence Agency (CCIA) is hot on her tailโ€”and they want the artifact for themselves!

Sheโ€™ll need some dashing disguises, great gadgets, and even a robo-dog to save the world in style!

Adventure, heists, and teamwork abound in this fun, young middle grade series by Deanna Kent brimming with cat-tastic black-and-white illustrations from Neil Hooson.

Includes graphic novel-style pages!

This book has Common Core connections.

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The Fast and the Furriest was a lot of fun. I didn’t read the first in the series, Snazzy Cat Capers, before diving into this one and that was completely okay. There wasn’t any point where I felt as if I didn’t know what was going on or was missing a piece of information that had been covered in the first book.

There aren’t a ton of characters included but they were all distinguishable and enjoyable. My favorite was Oscar, an inventor who was a goldfish. He had a heart of gold and was just so pure. Ophelia, the main cat, was very sassy and I loved her for that. I do wish she had been a little nicer though, especially to Oscar.

Puns are something I always love and this book was dripping with them. Mostly they were cat related but there were a few dog-themed ones sprinkled throughout as well. The puns coupled with the illustrations made this so enjoyable.

My only complaint is that I wish some things had been explored just a little more. I know this is a middle-grade novel intended to be on the younger side of the scale but that doesn’t mean there can’t be reasons for everything.

If my son were older and reading at this level I would definitely share these books with them. This, at the moment, two-part series would be such a great gift for a young reader in your life. It will make them laugh and they’ll wonder every time they see a cat whether or not they’re a member of the FFBI.

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