The Cat in the Christmas Tree: A Magical Tail by Peter Scottsdale #NetGalley #ChildrensBooks #TheCatInTheChristmasTree #Christmasbooks

The Cat in the Christmas Tree: A Magical Tail

by Peter Scottsdale


From Goodreads:

From Bestselling Author Peter Scottsdale Comes His First Children’s Chapter For Ages 8 and Up

It’s Christmas Eve and Nathan’s cat is wrecking the holidays by destroying the Christmas tree. Fed up with Shadow’s antics, Dad wants the kitty out of the house – for good! So Nathan pleads for help in hope the magic of the holidays will allow him to keep his cat. In this enchanting tale (or should it be “tail?”), does Shadow change his misbehaving ways or will he ruin Christmas? Find out!

My thoughts on this book:

This is a short and sweet children’s chapter book about a cat named Shadow who keeps getting into trouble. Shadow can’t seem to resist the Christmas tree and often trashes out other parts of the house as well. Shadow is considered to be Nathan’s cat and Nathan is often the one who’s told that they’re going to have to return the cat to the shelter so that he can be re-homed if he doesn’t stop misbehaving.

I thought the book was written well with only a few typos which I was willing to overlook. My kids seemed to enjoy it, but I didn’t appreciate the dad in the story who continuously threatens Nathan, the child, by telling him the cat is going back to the shelter if it doesn’t shape up. I mean, I really don’t see how a child can control a cat who wants to play. That’s just how some cats are, especially when young, and Nathan was really worried about losing Shadow. He was pretty terrified, so we didn’t like that part of the story, but luckily Nathan’s mom was a little more forgiving. The story turned out to have a very magical ending. Very imaginative! We also enjoyed reading about the author and his cats afterward.

After we finished reading the book, my daughter went off to write her own little story about a cat who was causing trouble in a king’s castle. She was very inspired by this story. Give this one a try!


I’s like to thank NetGalley for sharing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions.

Find this book on Goodreads and Amazon:

  • Paperback: 87 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published (October 6, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1726784061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1726784061

Thanks for reading my review! Have a wonderful day.

❤ Mischenko

9 thoughts on “The Cat in the Christmas Tree: A Magical Tail by Peter Scottsdale #NetGalley #ChildrensBooks #TheCatInTheChristmasTree #Christmasbooks

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  2. Glad it worked out and got your daughter motivated. I agree that it is not fair to threaten the child about the animal’s behaviour, especially a cat. They can be a bit unpredictable and don’t listen very well. Other than that, it sounds quite cute. Nice review Jen.

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