Are you ready to follow a ginger cat back into the past on the adventure of one of his nine lifetimes? Are you ready to discover how much of the past is wrapped in mystery and myth, and how a small cat can be a big hero?….

Then this ginger cat book is for YOU!

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What happens to our ginger cat hero?

Baguette is a family cat who lives with the Petrov family – he is much-loved and rather spoiled; which will surprise no-one who is owned by a cat! Then, he falls in love with a street cat,  the beautiful Purriana, who demands that he performs a heroic feat of derring-do so he is worthy of her love! Baguette, all of a sudden, finds himself neck-deep in trouble, and thrilling adventure, travelling back to the mythical feline paradise Catlantis.  He has a job to do and only he can do it.  How he travels back in time will amaze and delight you!

Baguette is a reluctant hero who steps up to the mark in the name of love and, in the process, delights and entertains us, gains his lady-love, and restores cats to their heritage. The characters Baguette meets on his adventures, the reactions of the loving family he leaves behind, and the discoveries he makes, all combine to make this an absorbing and interesting read, packed with entertaining detail.

” In order to travel from the present into the past, Baguette had to stop time. He had to put it to sleep, make it stand still. He had to turn time into eternity…..”

Russian author Anna Starobinets has written a fantastical story that is not just for children. The tale is epic in scale but lightly told, and has been translated with great wit and sly charm by Jane Bugaeva. The vivid and exciting images by Andrzej Klimowski are scattered throughout the text and are superbly done. They capture a really mysterious atmosphere and add a touch of magic to Baguette’s magical and fantastical adventures.

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Learning from Baguette the ginger cat

Parents will enjoy reading along with youngsters, as there is a lot to talk about. The Petrov family worry about Baguette and make sacrifices for their cat, the misguided distrust of black cats, respect for older cats and people, and kindness to others.  Oh, and you must know, before you start the book, the worrying black cat ‘myth’ is turned on its head with dazzling effect later in the book – we really did smile at this deft and lovely touch.

We recommend the book wholeheartedly for adults and children alike. It has wit, charm and adventure. It is intelligently written with an eye on the myths of the past and the adults of today who enjoy a clever and beautifully illustrated read.

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Book Detail

Publisher: New York Review Children’s Collection
Publication date: 13th September 2016

ISBN-10: 168137000X
ISBN-13: 978-1681370002
Reading Age Range: 8 – 12 years
USA Grade Level: 3 – 7

We hope you enjoy Catlantis, the ginger cat adventure!
Phoebe Kitten, Junior Reader
Phoebe from Dash Kitten





We received a review copy of Catlantis from New York Review Children’s Collection in return for an honest review. As you can tell we are delighted with the book and urge you to grab a copy. 

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  1. Faith Ellerbe

    August 23, 2016 at 3:26 am

    I’ll be sure to share this with my niece, she would love it!


  2. Katie Kat

    August 20, 2016 at 2:01 am

    The Mom loves time traveling books. Dis a furry goods purview. We hope to gets a copy or borrow one furry soon. -Katie Kitty Too


  3. Carol Bryant

    August 16, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    That title caught my eye. What a purrrfect holiday present for cat parents.


  4. Sweet Purrfections

    August 16, 2016 at 6:49 am

    This sounds like a wonderful book for both children and adults.


  5. Sally Hummel

    August 16, 2016 at 3:15 am

    This sounds like an exciting book that will really encourage creative thinking! I love the artwork, and the idea of turning myths on their ear!!


  6. Sadie

    August 15, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    I love learning about animal-related books. Especially love the illustrations!


  7. Beth Patterson

    August 15, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    This books sounds delightful! I love the illustrations!


  8. Robin

    August 15, 2016 at 6:09 am

    This book sounds like a lot of fun! I love stories about mythical places and creatures. It is even better that the main character here is a cat! Love it! 🙂


  9. Dusty Desert Dogs

    August 15, 2016 at 3:26 am

    My daughter would love this! looks like a super fun story.


  10. Jana Rade

    August 15, 2016 at 3:18 am

    If I had kids I’d go and get it 🙂


  11. Cathy Armato

    August 15, 2016 at 1:10 am

    This sounds like such a fun book, I love the story idea. Lovely illustrations too. Thanks for sharing.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them


  12. Valerie

    August 14, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Oh, this seems to be an amazing book! I love the illustrating! <3


  13. Christine Caplan

    August 14, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    I’d love to follow the Ginger cat on some adventures – what a sweet story with awesome illustrations. I bet my niece (selfishly it’s me reading it to her so… I’d be buying it so I could read it) would love this, thanks for this sweet review!


  14. Austin Towers

    August 14, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Sounds like a brill read!!


  15. ruth and layla

    August 14, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Sounds like a fantastic book, congratulations


  16. Maureen

    August 14, 2016 at 7:23 am

    This book sounds wonderful! Congratulations!


  17. That's Purrfect

    August 14, 2016 at 5:00 am

    All the ginger cats I have known have been prone to a bit of “derring-do” – not always with a successful outcome! This sounds like an exciting book for children and adults.


  18. Talent Hounds

    August 14, 2016 at 1:34 am

    Great review and sounds like a very good book. Love the idea of Catlantis and turning the black cat myth on it’s head.


  19. The Daily Pip

    August 13, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    This book sounds magical and I would love to read it. The pictures also look incredible – love when the images so perfectly enhance the story.


  20. Tenacious Little Terrier

    August 13, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Sounds like a lovely book for children and Catlantis is intriguing!


  21. Lola The Rescued Cat

    August 13, 2016 at 9:29 am

    That sounds like such a great book! I will put it on my list.


  22. Kia

    August 13, 2016 at 8:08 am

    This sounds like a great story…loving the illustrations as well!


  23. Spencer the Goldendoodle

    August 13, 2016 at 7:38 am

    This book looks and sounds great!!! What a fun story!!! 🙂


  24. Rochelle

    August 13, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Looks like a great book! I absolutely love his name, too. What a cute concept!


  25. Nichole

    August 13, 2016 at 5:31 am

    Looks like a pawesome book!


  26. Carleen

    August 13, 2016 at 3:19 am

    This looks like an awesome book. I love the idea of a Catlantis!


  27. Jane

    August 13, 2016 at 2:33 am

    Sounds like the perfect book to gift to a cat lover. Thanks for the information.


  28. Flynn

    August 13, 2016 at 1:32 am

    This sounds like a great book. My mum loves stories that revolve around mysteries and myths.


  29. The Swiss Cats

    August 12, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    That sounds like a good book. Purrs


  30. Brian Frum

    August 12, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    I gotta say, that looks pretty darn good!!!


  31. Three Chatty Cats

    August 12, 2016 at 10:04 am

    I am a sucker for children’s books about cats! This sounds like a great one.


  32. Seville at Nerissa's Life

    August 12, 2016 at 4:58 am

    Another time-travelling cat? And a ginger, too? Wow.

    I wonder if we might be related or somethin’. MOUSES!



  33. Melissa & Mudpie

    August 12, 2016 at 1:59 am

    Wasn’t this the best book??? I’m not typically a fan of fantasy but I just adored it…one of my faves for the year, definitely!


  34. Erin the cat Princess

    August 11, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Wow, this is one for my shopping list, for sure. I just love the illustrations, and the story line sounds engrossing. Thank You Phoebe, great review!


  35. The Island Cats

    August 11, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    It does sound like a fun book!


  36. Summer

    August 11, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    This sounds like such a fun story!


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