The Adventures of Phatty & Payaso

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Phatty is loving his life as a lazy cat.  When he is told by Crawler, a hawk that he intends to steal his owner’s jewelry, Phatty must decide how f he will do anything about preventing Crawler doing it.  The only thing that Phatty can think to do is somehow get Crawler to the Central Park Zoo.  Crawler had been there as he was taken care of by the zoo’s vet due to an injury that occurred at the circus.  Phatty goes across the park heading towards the zoo and is joined by his brother Clyde, his dog brother Stanley and Payaso, Phatty’s best friend.  They are planning to put Crawler in his place.  They meet a human who works with them.

In this novel, seeing through Phatty and his friends eye gave me a new perspective on how their world looks to them.  They learn lessons of loyalty, kindness and being willing to accept others that are different from them.  There is also learning about accepting yourself as you are.  This was an enjoyable book to read.  I  enjoyed reading it.
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Phatty is a nice big thirty-pound cat.  He enjoys living in his apartment with his friend across the hall and the other animals in his home.  Lounging in the sun suits him just fine.  That is until a mean hawk says he's coming for the animals and will take them all out on a certain date.

iUniverse and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can by a copy now.

This is a fun read.  Phatty tries to hide under the couch and his butt and back legs stick out because he's too fat... 

He decides he has to tell the zookeeper about the bird so he can be captured and stop being a menace.  So he hides in the laundry bag and gets out of the building that way.  However, Central Park is big and he's having trouble finding the zoo.  He's befriended by a racoon and a turtle and finds a bird with an injured wing that he rescues instead of eating.

In the meantime Payaso and the rest of the animals of the apartment dress up like a man and try to exit the apartment that way.  They almost get caught but a young boy named Max distracts the doorman.  Max is different.  He can hear what they say.  He goes with them as they go to Central Park to look for Phatty.

There's plenty more adventure and a it has a very interesting ending.  This was a very good read.
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How could I NOT request this book when it's about cats having adventures in New York? That sounds like a scenario in which I'd like to be reincarnated, thank you very much.

I adored the illustrations, the writing and plot were nothing to write home about.... but then again, I'm not the target group for this book, am I? It was still a pleasant way to pass my time. I did feel that the ending, in particular, felt a bit rushed and weak compared to the rest of the book.
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Phatty is a tabby cat who lives a luxurious life with his brothers Clyde and Stanley in a New York City apartment overlooking Central Park.  Phatty is usually scared and uncoordinated but is friendly and caring.  Every year Phatty looks forward to his friend Payaso visiting for the summer.  Payaso is well traveled, knows different languages and a lot about how things work. One day, an escaped hawk from teh zoo, Crawler comes to visit Phatty's window.  He threatens to hurt Phatty, Clyde and Stanly and steal their mother's jewels.  Phatty decides to overcome his fear and take care of Crawler.  He escapes to Central Park in hopes of finding Crawler's zoo keeper.  Phatty's friends race after him with the help of a boy named Max who can communicate in a different way and understands the animals.  Together, the friends will go on an adventure overcoming their fears.

An exciting adventure through the eyes of animals that revolves around conquering your fears, friendship and being your best self.  In the vein of A Pet's Life, The Adventures of Phatty and Payaso: Central Park focuses on what the pets do when the humans are not around.  I think the middle grade audience would enjoy the variety of characters and their interactions.  Phatty is encouraged by his friends to come up with ideas to fend off Crawler as well as overcome his fears.  When Phatty is exploring Central Park he is able to learn even more about himself through the eyes of the many animals that live there in addition to making some new friends. I loved the addition of Max as well, a boy who seems have autism, though it is never mentioned.  He has trouble communicating with people, but can talk with animals just fine.  He shines as he helps the pets solve a series of problems as they track Phatty through Central Park.  Another important part of the story was the treatment of Crawler's character.  Although he was the bully of the story, the characters were able to realize the deeper reason for his actions and help him rather than retaliate.  Overall, a fun animal adventure with plenty of life lessons for a middle grade reader.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
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This book tells the story of a group of animal friends, who have many human characteristics (write with chalk, talk to a human etc.). There is Phatty the cat and his two brothers, Clyde the cat and Stanley the dog, Phatty's best friend, Payaso and others that he meets in Central Park.  They live in a New York City apartment building, overlooking Central Park. When they are threatened by a mean looking hawk, they decide they need to protect themselves. Phatty was an overweight cat, who is afraid of just about everything. He is teased and bullyed by the birds outside the window. Payaso lives across the hall and is a walking encyclopedia. He is only there a few months each year, and this is his time back home. Clyde and Payaso do not get along and are constantly bickering. Phatty, tired of being a scaredy cat, sneaks out of the apartment to find the zoo keeper and turn Crawler, the hawk in. The others, find out he has gone and head out after him. What an adventure they will have. 

I'm not going to share anymore of the plot in this review, but suffice it to say, that Phatty really is a nice cat and teaches the others he meets along the way some very important lessons. This is a story about friendship, loyalty, being yourself, bullying, understanding, compassion and developing self-esteem. There are a couple of black and white full page illustrations in each chapter that will add to the enjoyment of the story. I think the lessons are a bit obvious and with the writing level geared to children 8 to 10, they might give up on it, but if they keep going it is a fun adventure with animals instead of human characters. The publisher, iUniverse, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, opinions and ideas are my own.
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5 Stars!!
“Phatty was perched with his big belly balanced atop his favorite army-green armchair. His fat-or, as he called it his ‘splendid undercarriage'- hung over the sides of the chair like excess dough that had been squished out of a baker’s pan. He let out a deep, relaxing yawn, followed by his typical gymnast stretch, his front and back paws extending. Then, as quickly as the stretch began, Phatty released it, and his legs once again dangled down. Although it was certainly not the most flattering position for a cat of his size and stature, Phatty felt like a king.”

I am one of the biggest cat lovers you will meet. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read this when the publisher offered it to me for review. Also…as a teacher….it’s a story about bullying and I think it’s important. It has some really cute pictures too! WIN!

Phatty is a big kitty at 30 lbs, who likes to spend his days chilling on the back of the chair and looking out his window at the goings on of Central Park. He lives with his brother, Clyde who is brave and fearless. 

He is pretty content with life as he knows it until one day the meanest hawk he could ever meet, Crawler, makes an announcement that he is coming for Phatty and his animal friends. Crawler has been bullied himself and is striking out. Along with his super smart cat friend, Payaso,(who can open doors) Phatty must overcome his fears and set out on an adventure to put all to right for himself and his little fur friends. The story is cute, imaginative, humorous as well as hopeful. I enjoyed it and think kids will too. I especially loved the drawings in this sweet chapter book. 

Many thanks to the publisher, iUniverse and the author, Marie Unanue for a digital copy provided through NetGalley to read in exchange for a review. Highly recommended! Grab a copy! Comes out August 24, 2018.
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This is an odd, but cute book about a 30 pound cat, named Phatty, who lives in an apartment building that overlooks Central Park, in New York City. Phatty has a very intelligent cat friend named Payaso, who comes over to visit, because he has learned to open doors. Phatty lives with his mother, a human, as well as his brother and a dog. He is frightened by a hawk named Crawler, who has been bullied, and so is striking out at everyone.

Oh, and there is a human, named Max, who appears to be autistic, who can talk to the animals. Or esle everyone can talk to the animals. That part isn't quite clear. In fact, there are a lot of things that aren't quite clear, in this story, but you just suspend your disbelieve, and plow on to figure out what is going to happen.

This is a story about friendship. It is also an adventure in Central Park. And it is about bullying. 

And about a cat that can write in English, although he doesn't know how to spell too well.  And at first the clues he writes and leaves behind look as though that is the way the story is going to go, but then the story changes direction, and it is not as important.

So, yes, there is a lot going on, that you have to just move on.

This is not to say that the characters aren't lovable. Phatty is a cool cat, that learns to have more confidence, and the friends he meets along the way, are fun as well, such as the raccoon.  

And the end kind of wraps up too quickly.

But, if this is the first of many adventures, some of these structural changes can be cleaned up, and we can have further adventures of Phatty.

Oh, and the pictures are cute, so there is that too.

 

Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
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Princess Fuzzypants here:  I absolutely fell in love with this book from the first page to the last.  I adored Phatty. He is admirably aided by his brothers Clyde and Stanley and his best friend, Payaso.  He lives high up in an apartment that over looks Central Park in NYC.  He is a sweet, kind and generous cat who is being tormented by a hawk who threatens his home and his family.  Phatty is a cowardly kitty until he feels he must defend those he loves and sets out on an adventure that will change the lives of many and their perceptions of both him, themselves and the world.
He meets many new friends along the way from a young “special” boy who can communicate with animals to a raccoon, a turtle, and a bird before he confronts his nemesis.  As Phatty learns to value himself, he teaches others, including the reader, about things that truly matter.  He shows that being different is not bad.  He teaches that kindness is more powerful than cruelty.  And mostly he shows that we may never know our own strength until we test it.
There are delightful drawings that accompany the story.  It is just a charmingn story that is sure to become a favourite of its readers.
I give it five rousing purrs and two paws up.
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This engaging book, with sweet black and white illustrations of Phatty the cat and his best friend Payaso, teaches children six essential life skills: curiosity, gratitude, grit, self-control, social intelligence, and zest. While the furry pals go on a madcap adventure, they also learn about the importance of kindness, teamwork, courage, and forgiveness. 5/5

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the review copy.

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I love any book that has a cat in it and this one was a winner!! You will fall in love with Phatty Cat. Thank you to NetGalley and iUniverse for an ARC copy of this book. I really enjoyed reading it and this is my honest review.
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I cannot resist to story with cat or books with cats on the cover. This was a lovely book I really enjoyed reading.
The illustrations are great and add a lot to the story.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to iUniverse and Netgalley for this ARC
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