Hero cats Marvin and Minnie are back again in the second book, Starvin' Marvin and Skinny Minnie Melt Minnesota!
Hold on! Cats Marvin and Minnie feel a San Francisco earthquake coming before anyone else. But even Marvin and Minnie are surprised when cranky Uncle Ned comes to visit.
The cats' owners, Dan and Catrina, fret over many questions. Will Uncle Ned like Marvin and Minnie? Will Uncle Ned be kind to them?
When Uncle Ned arrives, Marvin and Minnie smell his breakfast- a can of smelly sardines. They like fish too and beg for a taste. Marvin and Minnie purr at his legs. Worst of all, Marvin and Minnie think Uncle Ned wants to play and chew up his lucky fishing lure.
After that, Uncle Ned has three words about Marvin and Minnie. Cats are pests, cats are pains, and cats are problems!
But what does Nosy Nellie think? She sees the whole thing.
Dan and Catrina leave for the weekend with Nosy Nellie in charge. The same day, Uncle Ned packs for his fishing trip. Driving in his camper to Minnesota, Ned wants to be alone, just the way he likes it. Nosy Nellie can't wait for him to leave. Ned and Nellie have one thing in common. They don't like each other!
Along the way, Uncle Ned finds Marvin and Minnie napping in his camper. He thinks Nellie is playing a trick on him. Ned calls Nellie and she thinks Marvin and Minnie are lost. It's too late for Ned to turn around. He must take the cats along to Minnesota.
Nellie knows this could be trouble. Will Ned take good care of Marvin and Minnie? What will happen to them with Uncle Ned? Then Nellie makes a deal with Ned. She'll fix his favorite meals when he brings Marvin and Minnie home safe and sound after his fishing derby. Pot roast, corn muffins, cinnamon rolls, and her famous blueberry pie.
Ned loves home cooking and "takes the bait."
Nellie tries to warn Ned. "Remember, Marvin and Minnie are special," says Nellie. "You might be the next person to see them become heroes. Keep your eyes and ears open."
"Sure, Nellie," teased Ned. "I'll also be on the lookout for flying dogs and pink cows."
Then Marvin and Minnie help see bears at a campground. They block a little girl from running in the path of a semi truck. Best of all, they save Uncle Ned from choking on a hot dog!
Do Marvin and Minnie "melt" Ned's heart? Or is it just another fish story?