Friday, November 27, 2020

How to Build a Kitten Caboodle (maybe)


Clara Humble and the Kitten Caboodle 
by Anna Humphrey; illus. by Lisa Cinar 
232 pages; ages 8-12
Owlkids, 2020 (paperback; originally published 2018)

Clara and Bradley are best friends. They liked the same things (creamsicles and comic books) and went on adventures together. “But things took a turn for the worse when we began building the Kitten Caboodle…” she reflects.

To be honest, things had been changing. Bradley took up a new hobby (treasure hunting) and developed a friendship with another guy from treasure hunter camp. Still, Clara expected him to be just as excited as she was about their new project. She had discovered a lovely, and very pregnant, stray cat. In addition to food and water, the cat and her kittens needed shelter.

There was only one problem. Okay, there were a bunch of problems. But here’s the big one: the cat and kittens had taken up digs beneath a bench in the overgrown churchyard. And Clara wanted to build them a Kitten Caboodle – she had heard her dad talk about kitten caboodles. And she borrowed (without permission) tools and boards from her dad. And a construction company is getting ready to demolish the church to build new apartments.

Can Clara and Bradley keep the cats secret? Will Clara’s internet cat video raise enough money to save the day? Who does the mama cat belong to? And what the heck is a kitten caboodle anyway?

Thanks for dropping by today. On Monday we'll be hanging out at Marvelous Middle Grade Monday with other  bloggers. It's over at Greg Pattridge's blog, Always in the Middle, so hop over to see what other people are reading. Review copy provided by the publisher.


  1. This sounds perfectly charming. I will put it on my TBR list. Thanks for telling me about it.

  2. I love that idiom! And this sounds like an innovative and sweet way to use it. I'll add this to my list. Thanks for the rec!

  3. Sounds like a fun read-aloud. Thanks for featuring on MMGM. I've have added it to my TBR list.

  4. You had me at 'Kitten Caboodle'. Sounds adorable!

  5. This sounds like such a fun story! As a kid, I definitely remember completely mishearing words I had never heard before, like the characters in this book do. Thanks for the great review!

  6. What a charming and fun story! I have a niece who'd love this story! Thanks for sharing!