Hi guys, Phoebe here, I have been allowed to host the Middle-Earth Monday Book Review ‘Buster’s Winter Folly’ as I am the youngest in the family. {Affiliate Link}

Buster’s Winter Folly

Kristin Schumacher had a dream of paying tribute to her cat Buster, who has quite a story.  His origins inspired Buster’s Winter Folly and we wanted to support this campaign from the start. We were delighted when Kristin Schumacher’s Kickstarter campaign achieved its goal.

  • Kristin says “It’s a story about how to take care of pets, without lecturing, a story about how to find a lost pet, and a story from Buster’s prospective about bullying and learning a lesson about going out without a guardian, or a friend, or identification or telling someone
Buster's Winter Folly
Buster [Photo Kristin Schumacher]
Buster became a much loved member of Kristin’s family, and even ended up wearing a little sweater (see the Kickstarter page for that story). Here she describes his arrival :-

He came to me after I had rescued 15 cats from the Katrina disaster and found them foster homes. I had worked in rescue in different capacities but this took its toll on me and I stepped back from rescue for a bit.  Then Buster’s photo came across my desk.  Weighing in at 4 lbs, missing a front canine, a broken tail, bad hips like he had been hit by a car or kicked, he looked in worse shape than any of the Katrina cats that came to Vancouver.  AND HE LIVED IN THE STREETS OF VANCOUVER AND NO ONE CARED.

 Buster's Winter Folly [Drawings Jeffery Austin Gibson]
Buster’s Winter Folly [Drawings Jeffery Austin Gibson]

Reivew of Buster’s Winter Folly

‘Buster’s Winter Folly’ is a lovely story, full of bright and engaging illustrations. Its soft cover makes it portable, and it is perfect for reading together with youngsters, or a grown up needing that happy ending. There is much for kids and their adults to think about; there is tension; Buster is discovered abandoned πŸ™ then he finds a home. There is worry; he gets lost then he gets found again. We think that the vibrant images of Jeffery Austin Gibson delight the eye and Kristin’s story makes this a real paw turner.


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Phoebe reads Buster's Winter Folly
Phoebe reads Buster’s Winter Folly


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  1. Caren Gittleman

    September 4, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    sounds like a lovely book! I subscribe to your blog via email
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  2. Melissa & Truffles

    September 4, 2014 at 2:31 am

    This adorable book looks just delightful and we would love to win a copy. Just signed up for your newsletter too!
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  3. Melissa & Truffles

    September 4, 2014 at 2:25 am

    This sweet book sounds just delightful and we would love to win a copy! We signed up for your mailing list too πŸ™‚


  4. Kitties Blue

    September 4, 2014 at 1:09 am

    This looks like delightful book, and we would like to enter. We also subscribed to the newsletter. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo
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  5. SlimKitty

    September 4, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Sounds like a great kids book – I’ll need to keep this on my Christmas list for the nieces and nephews.
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  6. Brenda

    September 3, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Sounds like a great book & we’d love to win! Lucky & @wildeoscarcat & Samantha all were rescued from the streets too. !


  7. OllyTed

    September 2, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    ello aunty *hugs* plees entah mee fur th luffly book draw.. i haf downated on nipclub in orgust nd is on yur mailin list πŸ™‚



  8. pasikas

    September 2, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Sounds lovly ….great prize…I was a Spookyshoerty donor


  9. Savannah's Paw Tracks

    September 2, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I shared on Twitter and FB…very special book sweet Phoebe
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  10. The Swiss Cats

    September 2, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Great review, this book looks like a book to read ! Purrs
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  11. pntbtrkisses

    September 2, 2014 at 7:59 am

    oh i would love to read this book πŸ™‚


  12. Ellen Pich

    September 2, 2014 at 5:34 am

    That looks like a great book!
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  13. Nerissa's Life

    September 2, 2014 at 5:23 am

    What a great review of what sounds like a super great book!

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  14. Skye613

    September 2, 2014 at 5:07 am

    This would be a wonderful book for our READ sessions at the library.
    Also on mailing list.


  15. Polly Winch

    September 2, 2014 at 3:01 am

    Mummy will be crying her eyes out with love!


  16. Brian

    September 2, 2014 at 12:50 am

    That book and Buster sound very special!
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  17. The Island Cats

    September 2, 2014 at 12:44 am

    This sounds like a good book. And we like Buster in his sweater.
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  18. Summer

    September 1, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Oh, this sounds like a lovely book!
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  19. Edie Chase

    September 1, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    I would like to enter, it sounds like a great book. I am also on your mailing list. Thank you.


  20. Judy and ms molly cat

    September 1, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    It sounds wonderpurr and we want to enter!!


  21. Cathy Keisha

    September 1, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Sounds like a pawsome book. I’d love to enter.


  22. Rocky the Walrus

    September 1, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    What a fantastic sounding book! And what a great idea for a prize! Someone will be very lucky to get that book and love it for years and years to come!


  23. Willy

    September 1, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Dear Phoebe, That is a wonderful review of what sounds like a terrific book, especially since it is a book about CATS. I would love to enter your Give-Away Raffle. So this is my comment, =^..^=
    We are on your mailing list, πŸ™‚ We have donated to #NipClub for August, and have done so for SpookyShorty in the past.

    So we have #PawsCrossed to have such a wonderful book about Buster on our bookshelf. Of course there still has to be room for me to lay on the shelf.


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