|1||Bob Harkins Branch||JEN||Paperback||Junior Animals Fiction|
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 demand food from) and not heard?! It's becoming intolerable. What is this irascible cat to do?
Publisher's Weekly Review
Young fans of YouTube's Grumpy Cat will be smitten with Hissy, the crabby feline hero of Jenning's (the Guinea Dog series) latest animal tale. Hissy grudgingly admits to loving Georgie Fitz, his eight-year-old primary owner, but he is not a fan of her three-year-old brother, Zeb ("the untamed one"), who likes to chase Hissy. Abe, Zeb's twin, is kindhearted, as are the children's parents, but the household's near-constant noisiness is taking its toll on Hissy's ability to sleep and nap as much as he'd like. Driven outdoors, Hissy spends time terrorizing the neighborhood (an especially amusing moment sees him stealing a girl's shoe) and has a nocturnal adventure with local cats, before coming home to the Fitzes and Georgie. Hissy's drily delivered complaints and observations ("Humans are the noisiest creatures alive. I'm not sure there is any escape") entertain, while Hissy's frustration at his dependence on large humans who annoy him will likely resonate with many a reader. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 7-9. Author's agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (Jan) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Horn Book Review
Hissy Fitz the cat really wants to nap, but too many things are keeping him from his sweet slumber: his home is too loud; the kids won't leave him alone; and he can't deny his instincts to eat, prowl, and play nighttime soccer with feline friends. Readers will enjoy accompanying the humorously grumpy cat on his adventures; Austin's black-and-white illustrations capture Hissy's 'tude. (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.