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Posted February 24, 2014
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Posted December 10, 2013
Please note: The review of this book, donated for the sole purpose of a review) was completed by Bud Scott based on a rubric
designed by the site’s owner, LABrown Bud has graciously given permission to LABrown to post this review on his behalf using her
Amazon Reviewer’s profile. If you would like to read the entire review which includes an in depth author interview – please visit The
Magnolia Blossom Review’s online today!
And Now for the Review
Review by Bud Scott
Book Title - 4/5 The title grabbed my attention as I wanted to know who Kimba was & why Kimba saved the world (also how).
Book Cover - 3/ 5
The cover made me think that a giant cat was going to save the world. Covers can be tricky; art is subjective.
First 500... - 8/10
Discovering that some cats are actually an alien race & had some nefarious mission made me want to find out what it was &
how it was dealt with.
Blurb Effectiveness - 10/10
The blurb was concise & hit all of the high point of the story line without giving too much away.
Age Recommendation/Genre Classification - 10/10
I think the age classification & the genre were also on the money. The length may seem daunting to some middle-schoolers,
in this age of tweets & text messages, but I think it's appropriate.
Presentation/Format - 10/10
The format was consistent throughout the book, I had no trouble understanding who was speaking.
Theme/Originality - 8/10
I thought the theme was original, although the author states, "My mother is a huge science fiction fan. Many, many years ago, she
read a story where the house cats were actually aliens who communicate with their mother-ship through mirrors." I reminded me a bit
of Watership Down, due to the fact that the main character were intelligent animals.
Description/Enhancement - 8/10
I feel the author use of descriptive language was appropriate for the intended age group. I think that cats might have been more
distracted by the smells of cooking, & this never really came into play.
Intrigue - 8/10
The book was interesting, (although the "invasion" was quite vague), it did keep me going till the end.
Grammar/Mechanics - 10/10
I thought the grammar & mechanics were perfect. Kudos to the editors & proofreaders.
Overall Impression - 9 of 10
I did enjoy the book & will recommend it to one of the library media specialist at a middle school where I work periodically.I'm an animal
lover & have had cats, dogs, gerbils, & parakeets. The author was able to get a lot of the personality of the cats to shine through.
The Bestowing of the Blossoms
'Why Kimba Saved the World' was the cat's meow for reviewer Bud earning 88 of 00 points giving it a strong 5 blossom rating.
That's an exceptional thing to say about a book that, because it wasn't actually written for the 'older' set so to say, kept the attention of
the reviewer well enough he not only has said he'll recommend it to others & that he was able to see the personalities of the cats shine
through. We are so pleased that Meg asked The MBR to review her book, Why Kimba Saved the World & hope that you, Kind Reader,
will check it out for yourself - especially if you know of a child who might enjoy it. What's more - perhaps you could get a copy & donate
it to your local school's library! Wouldn't that be a wonderful way to not only spread the love for reading to our youth but also to shine a
bright light on a terrific writer for an age group that is in sore need of some quality, high interest books!
Posted December 3, 2013
Kimba the cat and her sister, Hiro, were kittens and near death when their soon-to-be-owners found them on the street. The owners brought them to their house and nursed them back to health. Now fully grown, Kimba has a great life with her owners. She has everything she needs: food, toys, and a loving family. She thinks she has it all, but there is a nagging feeling that she should be free! When a weird cat from outer space named Regalus contacts Kimba through the bathroom mirror, Kimba is given a mission – to spy on her owners! Kimba accepts and doesn’t think much of it. Soon Kimba learns her true identity and the plot of the cats she agreed to help. The cats from another planet plan to take over Earth via FACEBOOK!!!
This was a fun book. The story was simple and straightforward, but a good read. It also proves my greatest fear – cats are EVIL – just kidding cats are cute (well, not mountain lions. Those are scary. *shiver*). :) The story is written very well and is appropriate for all ages. Ms. Dendler does a great job of getting the reader into the cat’s minds. The book has a great plot idea, but no twists or subplots so it was a bit predictable in places. Kimba was a good main character. She was a curious cat, but, fortunately, it didn’t kill her. ;) There are some black and white photos, but only of Kimba, Hiro, and Daddy (the male owner) and another cat in the book. I would’ve liked to have seen Regalus the space cat though. I don’t think you have to be a cat lover to enjoy this story. It is a fun read that anyone can get into. Just remember – don’t let your cat get on Facebook – bad things happen…
*NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Posted November 18, 2013
What cats are really up to!
“Why Kimba Saved the World” by Meg Dendler tells the story of two kittens, rescued by humans, and their quest to find out what they are really destined to do. Kimba and Hiro are sisters who were found by a couple just in time before starving to death. Without any doubt, they were loved by the humans. Yet Kimba knew there was more to her life than she knew. It would take a quick glance in the mirror to further peak her curiosity about what her purpose in life was.
The cats in the mirror watch and recruit other cats in effort to track their movements and prepare for their invasion. After the cats in the mirror recruit Kimba, they send her on her way to find out what it was the humans did all day. After several missions, Kimba is faced with questions of loyalty. Should Kimba set up the humans for the cat invasion or would she be true to the ones who saved her and kept her and Hiro warm. For sure those humans loved her. Kimba was now stuck choosing whether to complete her mission or forget it all.
In this charming tale, it is a cats perspective of life and loyalty. Peaking into the thoughts of why cats do what they do. Some of the things that Kimba was instructed to do for her missions made me giggle and look at my own kitty and imagine that yes, this indeed could make sense. Not to spoil the story, I believe this sweet story will teach a lesson of love and being appreciative for what one has and also to not be so concerned about the unknown. For growing up is inevitable, in due time you will learn what you need to know. Mom and Dad are put here to keep the young ones safe.
“Why Kimba Saved the World” by Meg Dendler will dig into your child’s curiosity and allow their imagination run wild inside the mind of a kitty. This concept that is neat and surely will touch your heart.
Posted September 24, 2013
Secret missions, world takeovers – who knew being a kitten could be so difficult?
From the moment they are found, Kimba and her sister, Hiro, are adored. Discovered before they could even see, Mama and Daddy have cared for them, loved them and made them a part of their family. As they grow, and venture about, they begin to study the world around them. But that is inside the house. Through the window, Kimba sees a whole other world she wants to discover. A world of independence.
Unbeknownst to them, from the moment of their birth, the kittens were being watched – chosen, as they were, for a special mission. Watched not by their humans, the other house-cats, or even the smelly dog, but by those in a mirror. It will be one year later when they make their presence known and a conspiracy for a takeover is presented. Kimba’s loyalties between her kind and her family would be tested, and the freedom she has always wanted will be at hand – if only she will complete her mission.
Meg Dendler’s debut novel, Why Kimba Saved the World, her first in the Cats in the Mirror series, is a charming fantasy book appropriate for middle grade youth, cat lovers, or any animal lover in general. A chapter book, perfect for school rooms and personal libraries, comes complete with added photos to personalize the experience.
Posted September 10, 2013
For cat lovers everywhere, you must read this book! This is a very cute story
of how Kimba an Hiro had to decide with whom their loyalties should lie and
with whom were they to trust. This decision could change the world.
Kimba & Hiro were found in an alley nearly dead. Their eyes were not even
open yet. They were taken to a warm place and given nourishment to sustain
This story continues into the care they were given that helped them
The dialogue is primarily from Kimba's point of view but the other's in the book
also occasionally have their thoughts and views interspersed with Kimba's.
Kimba and Hiro were eventually accosted by an important individual from their
past, with an important request, for a very important mission.
The author has added a few actual photos to aid in the enhancement of her
story...makes it more realistic . This is a delightful fantasy.
Key points are: family life, compassion, love, rebellion, and choices.
This was a complimentary copy given for an honest review of which I have
Posted August 2, 2013
~Author exchange for review~
Very cute story. I always have felt that cats have more going on in their heads then they let on. It's that 'look' they give you. I enjoyed it and it was a quick and easy read. We all hope our pets would save us, if they had a choice! That's why we spoil them so much. I will be reading this to my grand children.
Posted June 1, 2013
Anyone who has been allowed to share their life with a cat can completely relate to this story: engrossing and simple to read, the point of view from Kimba is not only well defined, but completely realistic. Although there are moments when it seems to meander, from a cat’s perspective those forays into the investigations and interesting things to be seen fits with every cat’s day.
Interspersed with photos of Kimba and her sister Hiro, and the other housemates, the pictures break up what could be an overwhelming read to a new chapter book reader: even though the chapters are quick and short, the sheer number of pages make this a “big” book for a 7 or 8 year old, even though most will love it.
The whole “cats are from elsewhere” theory and the mirror chats are not at all surprising, and may provide a few moments of understanding when your cat is racing about the house chasing nothing…that you can see.
This was clever and fun – and a good story: easy to follow along, but not so complex that it cannot be read over more than a few bedtime story hours. The author has a breezy and chatty style that clearly illustrates the scene and provides ample information for imagining the setting and how things look. Additionally, the story is well edited, uses simple phrases and explanations that will challenge but not overwhelm young readers.
I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review and inclusion for the Children Read week at I am Indeed. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions were my own responsibility.
Posted May 23, 2013
Cats have a soft spot in my heart, and so does Why Kimba Saved the World, a book about cats. Well, not regular cats—though, they are amazing—but cats who have a collective secret mission. Kimba, an all-white cat with a rebellious streak, is enlisted into an agency of cats who can communicate through mirrors. They tell her of her real heritage, one where humans aren’t the loving caretakers of cats.
This book captures cats with amazing accuracy, and the interactions between the cats and their owners are realistic. Who doesn’t grab their cats and hug and kiss them like their own children? (I know I do.) It’s an easy read, and it’s suitable for the whole family. Children will love Kimba’s desperate need to accomplish ridiculous missions outside and inside her home. Parents can relate to Kimba’s owners. Cats may find themselves in Kimba or Hiro or…er, that’s right. Cats can’t read! Why Kimba Saved the World will make any reader believe that cats aren’t from this world.