Anton and Cecil: Cats Aloft (MG Review)

Book Review, Middle Grade

Anton and Cecil by Lisa Martin and Valerie Martin, illustrated by Kelly Murphy. A middle grade adventure novel about two cats. Perfect book for kids ages 8-12.This blog post contains affiliate links.

Anton and Cecil: Cats Aloft by Lisa Martin and Valerie Martin, illustrated by Kelly Murphy

Age Range: 8 – 12 years | Grade Level: 3 – 7 | Series: Anton and Cecil (Book 3) | Hardcover: 272 pages | Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers (December 27, 2016)

 

About the Book

Tuckered out from a journey across the Wild West, cat brothers Anton and Cecil are ready to head east for home–until a minor stop to change trains in Chicago turns into a major adventure. A bloodhound detective recruits the brothers to help solve a case: puppies are disappearing right off their leashes!

Anton and Cecil’s search takes them deep into the heart of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, where they befriend exotic animals, ride the newly invented Ferris Wheel, and look for clues amid the crowds of fairgoers. Just as they close in on the culprit, Cecil is carried away in a giant flying balloon and Anton is left behind. Can the cat brothers find the puppies and each other in this big, busy city?

Fans of classic animal adventures such as A Cricket in Times Square and Poppy will love Anton and Cecil’s world, brimming with action and rich, true-to-life detail.

 

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My Thoughts on Cats Aloft

Anton and Cecil: Cats Aloft by Lisa Martin and Valerie Martin, illustrated by Kelly Murphy. A middle grade adventure novel about two cats. Perfect book for kids ages 8-12.

I’m kind of sad to see the Anton and Cecil series come to an end. I enjoyed following the adventures of the two brother cats as they traveled by boat, train, and balloon.

This book picks up right where the last book, Cats on Track, ends. Anton and Cecil start making their way home but get sidetracked along the way. They help a detective bloodhound named Ruby in her investigation into a case of stolen puppies.

This is a quick and easy book to read, spattered with the occasional illustration. It’s a nice conclusion to the series.

The first book, Cats at Sea, had some magic in it. It bordered on fantasy, but neither the second nor the third book had any magic in them. I wonder if being at sea lends itself to a magical story more than a train ride and a missing puppy mystery. I really liked the magical element in the first story and I wished that had continued throughout the series.

Regardless, it’s still a good book and a fun adventure for kids ages 8-12.

Content: Clean

Source: The publisher sent me a copy of the book.

4 STARS

 

Read the Series!

Cats at Sea (my review)

Cats on Track (my review)

Cats Aloft

 

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