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cattywompustitleI could not help but read this book to myself first. Normally, whenever I get a book to review, I’d read it with my kids. But, this book, “Catty Wompus : A Tale of Friendship” written by Julie Howe, reminded me of my schooldays many years ago. I remembered girls who were too haughty and pompous, and how I always felt inferior to them.

cattywompus“Catty Wompus” the character is a well-to-do girl who has everything she ever wanted, but nay a single close friend. The voice of the story, “Lucy Hope”, a simple 9 year old girl, tries to befriend “Catty Wompus” but is immediately hurt by “Catty’s” spiteful words.

“Lucy’s” immediate reaction is to mirror that hate, and runs home after school, and shares this with her mom. Thankfully, mom sees beyond the wall of meanness, and shares a very good piece of advice with Lucy. How it ends, is rather amusing, and I must say, I do like it very much.

I’m sure we’ve all met a “Catty Wompus” in our lives and if we didn’t know better, we’d normally shrug it off, and don’t bother making such friends. However, if we are a parent or educator, I’d have to say, we all must always plant seeds of love, hope and faith. Show our children that people who display hatred, are people who are really scared inside. They may seem loud and obnoxious on the outside, but inside, they are as tiny as a mouse.

About The Author :

Hi there. I’m Julie Howe and I live on the Monterey Peninsula of Northern California with my husband and two large, cuddly dogs. Books have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I love stories of all kinds but I especially love kid’s books. To be even more specific, I love kid’s books told in rhyming verse so it’s obvious why Shel Silverstein is my hero. Having always wanted to write one of my own, I decided to take the plunge and write Catty Wompus: A Tale of Friendship. I hope you love reading it as much as I loved writing it.

Buy It! : I must say, this book is a very valuable resource for parents, counsellors and educators, who can share this with young kids (and some big kids, like me), that giving love (although not always accepted at first), is better than being hateful. It is also beautifully (and unusually) illustrated by Chasom Matthoms. I quite like his big-headed (with big eyes!) people alot. 😀

My kids’ verdict : They loved it. There were so many questions about “Catty” (and why sometimes her head was bigger than the rest – that’s from my 4 year old), but I believe my 7 year old gets it, as he too may have a “Catty Wompus” in his class. We were actually discussing this, before we got this book. So, this book came at the right time, if I might add!

We have some wonderful reviews from our panel of reviewers that we’d like to share with you :

Pookie and the Boys : I found this story to be a life lesson for many of us today. Just because someone may have the best of everything, they may be very lonely. It shows how we can try to make good friends by being one.

The Sewing Mom : Catty Wompus is a wonderfully written story for tweens. I think every girl and boy has met someone like Catty, they may not have realized though why they were so unhappy. In today’s environment of having so much, it can certainly be difficult to understand that having things isn’t what makes us happy.

She Scribes : I really like the moral of this story and how important friendship can be to someone, especially those who have no friends. I think the books sends out a powerful message to children about friendship and I would encourage children to read this book.

Crunchy Green Mom : Then we read “Catty Wompus” by Julie Howe. I love this book, my girls love this book, my teens and my boyfriend love this book. It is awesome to have such a great book about everything we all deal with. The “mean” girl, the one who looks pretty but speaks ugly and the pain that is causes everyone around her, most importantly her.

Heidi Strawser : I’m a sucker for a children’s book that is set to rhyme (this probably stems back to my early days of listening to my mom read Dr. Seuss books to me!) There’s just something super fun about reading a rhyming story, and Catty Wompus was no exception!

Connie’s View : From an adult point of view, you can see that Catty is lonely. From a child’s point of view, she comes across as mean, especially when she tells a girl that her clothing was “ugly”. This girl, Lucy Hope,  feels sad and angry about this offense.

The Plus Size Mommy : It is very important that children give other kids a chance, even if they seem like they are mean or miserablefriendship or love might be the one missing link in their lives that they do not have, that can completely change their little World for them.

Blogmania : This was a great book about tolerance, friendship and looking beyond what is on the surface. The illustrations were really great – very quirky and fun.

Ang’s Chicken Coop : The illustrations are very colorful and fun. Melina, who is 7, was delighted with the book. I was, too. It tells a great life lesson in a way that makes sense to a child. This is definitely a book that could easily become a family classic.

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    Liz says:

    Just wanted to offer another suggestion for a great book on kids and friendship: Sewing a Friendship by Natalie Tinti — she brings quite the perspective to the topic as she is a kid! She’s 10. Four best friends are excited about getting out of school and the summer ahead. But there’s another girl … should they let her join the fun? Good life lessons about not prejudging, about going out of your way to figure out what may really be going on.

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