The Trouble with Cats by Martha Freeman, Cat Bowman Smith
Holly has a lot to deal with lately. Her mom has remarried and she has to get used to a new town, a new house, a new school, and a new stepdad. As if this isn't enough, she has to share her room with four pesky cats. Or rather, they have to learn to share their room with her. Max Cat always escapes. George Cat always disappears. Wilbur Cat eats socks. And Boo Cat is always somewhere you don't want him to be. These cats are driving Holly crazy. She can't get her homework done, all of her socks have holes in them, and the police even pay a visit to her house all because of the cats. Can Holly and the troublesome felines ever learn to get along?
Author Biography: Martha Freeman lives with her husband and three children in State College, PA. Cat Bowman Smith has illustrated many fine books for children. She lives in Pittsford, NY.
This is a delightful book, full of fun but also providing a realistic and sympathetic view of a third grader as she adjusts to a new home and step dad. Coping with cats and their pranks while fitting into a new home and family are a challenge for Holly. Her settling into a new life style is presented with warmth and understanding. A reader of any age can share and understand each development. The book is a real treasure.