I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Megan's Munchkins by Pamela Foland
Series: Megan's World #1
Also in this series: Megan's Pet Sitting Adventure
Published by Sonny's Legacy Publishing on September 12th 2017
Genres: Childrens, Middle Grade
Source: ARC from publisher
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Megan’s Munchkins is the first book in the middle grade fiction series Megan's World. Not everything hidden in the closet is scary, even if it’s furry and has sharp claws! Every teenager’s dream come true and every parent’s worst nightmare, Megan’s Munchkins is a short and sweet tale about a middle-school girl finding, quite by accident, the pet she had always wanted. Plus three more! It’s almost Spring break and adventurous thirteen-year-old Megan Thompson finds four tiny day-old kittens in the park and makes a decision on the spot that will turn her life upside-down. What does a young girl do who has been told by her parents over and over again that she may not have a pet? In Megan’s mind, there is no question. She must save these motherless newborns, even if it means keeping them a secret from her mom and dad. The next five weeks are an exhausting blur of vet visits, endless cycles of feeding schedules, household chores, homework and sneaking around, but Megan has never been happier in her whole life. The kittens grow quickly and begin to venture out into the world beyond the closet. Megan knows it is only a matter of time before her she must tell her parents about her secret. Fate steps in and her secret is discovered. What will happen to her precious babies now?
This book was really cute and heartwarming. It was also quite accurate. I just did tons of research myself on raising newborn kittens, because I want to foster someday, and it matches up pretty well with what Megan does in the book. It surprised me how much she already knew about it. Even before doing the bulk of her research, she knew to bottle-feed them with powder formula/water and thought of an eyedropper when they wouldn’t take the bottle. Especially at thirteen, I would have no idea how to begin taking care of kittens. And I have always been obsessed with cats! But it’s clear that Megan could get even more obsessed. She was cat-crazy to the point of nearly letting other parts of her life go. But she worked to get things back to normal, or semi-normalcy. She still tried to make time for her family, friends, and schoolwork. And chores. It was really impressive. But really, she did get lucky with a lot of things, like no medical issues and reduced vet bills. (And not getting caught for a long time.) And the fact that she miraculously had hundreds of dollars saved up over the years. I certainly never saved when I was younger! She really was the kind of thirteen-year-old I wish I had been. But I also want to address allergies. One of the problems was that her parents and brother were all allergic to cats, to some extent. This was very clearly not the biggest issue for them, because her parents easily agreed that they’d reconsider her desire for a pet if she proved her responsibility. Pretty typical. But given Megan’s amount of care and worry about making sure that the allergens were taken care of (constant vacuuming and changing clothes), I would say that her family’s allergies were pretty bad. Maybe they wouldn’t react too badly to kittens that were shut away upstairs in a closet for a month or so, but once four cats started roaming around the house, they would definitely notice. I myself have allergies that developed later in life, even though I’ve always grown up with animals. I can have a kitten in the house, as I do now, but I can’t spend too much time with him and I can’t sleep with him. I get irritating reactions. Two kittens would be a big problem, and four would probably kill me. So I thought it was a little odd that that part was overlooked in the story. Everything else seemed accurate enough.
But overall, it was a cute, realistic, and interesting story. It was great watching the kittens develop and grow, seeing their every milestone. It could do with some light editing. But it is a story I would want my kids to read and I would be interested in continuing the series. Megan’s love for cats and dedication to their care is something all cat-lovers can empathize with.
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