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Katt vs. Dogg

Review

Katt vs. Dogg

written by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein with illustrations by Anuki Lopez

In James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein’s KATT VS. DOGG, Oscar Dogg and Molly Katt end up lost in Western Frontier Park, a magical sort of place where exotic creatures like wolf bears, lionodiles and weaselboars live. Some of these creatures are friendly (wolf bears and lionodiles) but the weaselboars and others are vicious predators.

"A great story with lots of food for thought and discussion."

As everyone knows, dogs and cats are mortal enemies. So, when these two become lost (in different parts of the woods), and they find each other, have to rely on each other to make their way out of the woods. That, of course, isn’t easy to do, but in the process, they discover that maybe the two species can find a way to live in peace and harmony --- maybe.

Authors James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein include a lot of trivia about cats and dogs sprinkled throughout the text. The chapters are short, and each has at least one black and white illustration by Anuki Lopez, which greatly enhance the text.

The story touches on the ideas of stereotypes and long ingrained animosities and prejudices. Although the story is essentially about cats and dogs, it is easy to see that the greater story is about human relationships, how we, as humans, tend to label certain groups as either “good” or "bad" just because that's the way we might have been raised. It’s a great story with lots of food for thought and discussion.

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on March 19, 2019

Katt vs. Dogg
written by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein with illustrations by Anuki Lopez